Trinidad and Tobago

Cluster Munition Ban Policy

Last updated: 09 July 2015

Five-Year Review: Trinidad and Tobago acceded to the Convention on Cluster Munitions on 21 September 2011. In its initial transparency report for the convention, provided in September 2014, Trinidad and Tobago stated the national legislative process to enforce the convention is ongoing and confirmed it has never used, produced, transferred, or stockpiled cluster munitions.

Policy

The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago acceded to the Convention on Cluster Munitions on 21 September 2011 and the convention entered into force for the country on 1 March 2012.

In September 2014, Trinidad and Tobago reported under the status of national implementation measures that the “legislative process is ongoing.”[1]

Trinidad and Tobago submitted its initial Convention on Cluster Munitions Article 7 transparency measures report on 15 September 2014.[2] As the report was originally due in 2012, Trinidad and Tobago also provided the annual updated reports due in 2013 and 2014, indicating no change.

Trinidad and Tobago participated in one meeting of the Oslo Process to develop the convention  (Wellington, New Zealand in February 2008), but did not take part in the formal negotiations in Dublin in May 2008 or the Convention on Cluster Munitions Signing Conference in Oslo in December 2008.

Trinidad and Tobago attended the convention’s First Meeting of States Parties in Vientiane, Lao PDR in November 2010 and a regional workshop on cluster munitions in Santiago, Chile in December 2013. Trinidad and Tobago participated in the convention’s Fifth Meeting of States Parties in San Jose, Costa Rica in September 2014, but did not make a statement.

Trinidad and Tobago has voted in favor of UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolutions condemning the use of cluster munitions in Syria, including Resolution 69/189 on 18 December 2014, which expressed “outrage” at the continued use.[3]

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

Use, production, transfer, and stockpiling

Trinidad and Tobago has reported no production or stockpiling of cluster munitions.[4] It is not known to have ever used or transferred the weapons.



[1] Article 7 Report, Form A, 15 September 2014.

[2] The initial report is for the period until 30 April 2012.

[3] Situation of human rights in the Syrian Arab Republic,” UNGA Resolution 69/189, 18 December 2014. Trinidad and Tobago voted in favor of a similar resolution on 18 December 2013.

[4] Article 7 Report, Forms B and E, 15 September 2014.

Mine Ban Policy

Last updated: 28 October 2011

The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago signed the Mine Ban Treaty on 4 December 1997 and ratified it on 27 April 1998, becoming a State Party on 1 March 1999. Trinidad and Tobago has never used, produced, exported, or imported antipersonnel mines, including for training purposes. Legislation to enforce the antipersonnel mine prohibition domestically took effect on 1 June 2000. In 2011, Trinidad and Tobago submitted its fifth Mine Ban Treaty Article 7 report.

Trinidad and Tobago did not attend any Mine Ban Treaty meetings in 2010 or the first half of 2011.

Trinidad and Tobago is not party to the Convention on Conventional Weapons.