The Weapon Bans
Antipersonnel mines and cluster munitions are prohibited weapons. The use, stockpiling, production and transfer of these categories of weapons are prohibited under two international conventions: The Mine Ban Treaty (MBT) and the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM).
Through the MBT and the CCM the states parties have committed themselves to the clearing of land within their territory contaminated with mines or unexploded cluster munitions . In addition the states commit to the destruction of any stockpiles they might have of such weapons. Other states parties are encouraged to help in this challenging work, including by means of technical or financial assistance.
NPA assists states parties in fulfilling their obligations of clearance and destruction under the conventions and thereby to save countless human lives.
To date, 162 countries are States Parties to Mine Ban Treaty (over 80 % of the world’s countries).
35 countries have not yet joined the Treaty.
116 states have joined the Convention on Cluster Munitions, of which 89 are States Parties.
The remaining 27 are signatories and have yet to ratify the Convention.