Cluster Munition Ban Policy
Summary: Signatory Jamaica has expressed interest in ratifying the convention, but the current status of its ratification is unknown. It voted in favor of a key United Nations (UN) resolution promoting universalization of the convention in December 2017. Jamaica has attended a couple of the convention’s meetings, but not since 2014.
Jamaica is not known to have ever used, produced, or transferred cluster munitions. Jamaica said in 2012 that it does not possess any stocks.
Jamaica signed the Convention on Cluster Munitions on 12 June 2009, becoming the first Caribbean country to join.
Jamaica has committed to ratify the convention on several occasions, but the current status of its ratification is unknown.
Jamaica participated in the Oslo Process and advocated strongly for the most comprehensive convention text possible during the formal negotiations in Dublin in May 2008.
Jamaica has participated in a couple of Meetings of States Parties of the convention, but not since 2014. It has participated in regional workshops on cluster munitions.
In December 2017, Jamaica voted in favor of a key UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolution on the Convention on Cluster Munitions that urges states outside the convention to “join as soon as possible.”
Jamaica has voted in favor of UNGA resolutions expressing outrage at the use of cluster munitions in Syria.
Jamaica is a State Party to the Mine Ban Treaty. It is also party to the Convention on Conventional Weapons.
Use, production, transfer, and stockpiling
Jamaica is not known to have ever used, produced, or transferred cluster munitions. In 2012, a government representative told States Parties that “Jamaica does not possess cluster munitions.”
 In October 2015, Jamaica stated that it was working to ratify “at the earliest opportunity,” while the high commissioner in Ottawa told Canadian campaigners in July 2015 that Jamaica hopes to ratify “at the earliest opportunity.” Statement of Jamaica, UNGA First Committee on Disarmament and International Security, New York, 26 October 2015; letter to Paul Hannon, Mines Action Canada, from Janice Miller, High Commissioner for Jamaica to Canada, Ottawa, 8 July 2015.
 Jamaica attended Meetings of States Parties of the convention in 2012 and 2014.
 “Implementation of the Convention on Cluster Munitions,” UNGA Resolution 72/54, 4 December 2017. Jamaica voted in favor of previous UNGA resolutions promoting the convention in 2015 and 2016.
 “Situation of human rights in the Syrian Arab Republic,” UNGA Resolution 72/191, 19 December 2017. Jamaica voted in favor of similar resolutions in 2013–2016.
Mine Ban Policy
Jamaica signed the Mine Ban Treaty on 3 December 1997 and ratified it on 17 July 1998, becoming a State Party on 1 March 1999. Jamaica has never used, produced, imported, exported, or stockpiled antipersonnel mines, including for training purposes. It has not enacted new legislation specifically to implement the Mine Ban Treaty. It submitted its sixth Mine Ban Treaty Article 7 report in 2007, but has not provided subsequent annual reports.
Jamaica did not attend any Mine Ban Treaty meetings in 2011 or the first half of 2012.
Jamaica is party to the Convention on Conventional Weapons and its Amended Protocol II on landmines and Protocol V on explosive remnants of war, but has not provided national annual reports for either protocol.