Barbados

Cluster Munition Ban Policy

Last updated: 05 July 2017

Summary: Non-signatory Barbados has never made a statement to indicate its policy on accession to the convention or attended a meeting on cluster munitions. It is not known to have used, produced, transferred, or stockpiled cluster munitions.

Policy

Barbados has not yet acceded to the Convention on Cluster Munitions.

Barbados did not participate in the Oslo Process that created the convention. It has never made an official statement to elaborate its views on banning cluster munitions or attended a meeting on the topic.

Nonetheless, Barbados voted in favor of key UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolutions in 2016 and 2015 that urge states outside the Convention on Cluster Munitions to “join as soon as possible.”[1]

Barbados has also voted in favor of UNGA resolutions expressing outrage at the use of cluster munitions in Syria, most recently in December 2016.[2]

Barbados is party to the Mine Ban Treaty. It has not joined the Convention on Conventional Weapons.

Use, production, transfer, and stockpiling

Barbados is not known to have used, produced, transferred, or stockpiled cluster munitions.



[1] See, “Implementation of the Convention on Cluster Munitions,” UNGA Resolution 71/45, 5 December 2016; and “Implementation of the Convention on Cluster Munitions,” UNGA Resolution 70/54, 7 December 2015.

[2]Situation of human rights in the Syrian Arab Republic,” UNGA Resolution 71/203, 19 December 2016. Barbados voted in favor of similar resolutions in 2013–2015.

Mine Ban Policy

Last updated: 19 November 2012

Barbados signed the Mine Ban Treaty on 3 December 1997 and ratified it on 26 January 1999, becoming a State Party on 1 July 1999. Barbados has never used, produced, imported, exported, or stockpiled antipersonnel mines, including for training purposes. Barbados has not enacted new legislation specifically to implement the Mine Ban Treaty. Barbados submitted its initial Mine Ban Treaty Article 7 report on 12 May 2003, but has not provided subsequent annual reports.

Barbados did not attend any Mine Ban Treaty meetings in 2011 or the first half of 2012.

Barbados is not party to the Convention on Conventional Weapons.