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In war, some weapons are so dangerous that many countries are committed to banning them altogether. Yet these very weapons continue to be used in conflicts today, despite various treaties that prohibit them. So what weapons are illegal in war? And will these laws actually be upheld?
The UN Office at Geneva: The Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons
“The purpose of the Convention is to ban or restrict the use of specific types of weapons that are considered to cause unnecessary or unjustifiable suffering to combatants or to affect civilians indiscriminately.”
Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons
An amendment by the Convention on the use of illegal war weapons and its injurious effects.
Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on Their Destruction
“Determined to put an end to the suffering and casualties caused by anti-personnel mines, that kill or maim hundreds of people every week, mostly innocent and defenceless civilians and especially children, obstruct economic development and reconstruction, inhibit the repatriation of refugees and internally displaced persons, and have other severe consequences for years after emplacement.”
Diplomatic Conference For The Adoption of A Convention on Cluster Munitions
“Each State Party shall, in accordance with national regulations, separate all cluster munitions under its jurisdiction and control from munitions retained for operational use and mark them for the purpose of destruction.”
How Do We Regulate Chemical Weapons?
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