Dominica

Cluster Munition Ban Policy

Last updated: 25 June 2019

Summary: Non-signatory Dominica has not taken any steps to accede to the convention. It has never attended a meeting of the convention but voted in favor of a United Nations (UN) resolution promoting the convention in 2018. Dominica says it has never used, produced, transferred, or stockpiled cluster munitions.

Policy

The Commonwealth of Dominica has not acceded to the Convention on Cluster Munitions.

Dominica last commented on cluster munitions in an April 2010 letter to Cluster Munition Monitor from a Ministry of Finance official, who said that “the Government of Dominica has no interest in being a party to the Convention on Cluster Munitions.” [1]

Dominica did not participate in the Oslo Process that created the convention, and it has never attended a meeting on cluster munitions.

Nonetheless, Dominica voted in favor of a key UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolution in December 2018, urging states outside the Convention on Cluster Munitions to “join as soon as possible.” [2]

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

Use, production, transfer, and stockpiling

Dominica stated in its 2010 letter to the Monitor that it has not used, produced, transferred, or stockpiled cluster munitions. [3]



 [1] Letter to Cluster Munition Monitor from H. Bazil, on behalf of the Financial Secretary, Ministry of Finance, 21 April 2010. The letter was in response to a Monitor letter requesting information from Dominica’s foreign minister on cluster munition policy and practice.

 [2]Implementation of the Convention on Cluster Munitions,” UNGA Resolution 73/54, 5 December 2018. It voted in favor of the annual UNGA resolution promoting the convention in 2015 and 2016, and was absent from the vote in 2017.

 [3] Letter from H. Bazil, Ministry of Finance, 21 April 2010.


Mine Ban Policy

Last updated: 18 December 2019

Policy

The Commonwealth of Dominica signed the Mine Ban Treaty on 3 December 1997 and ratified it on 26 March 1999, becoming a State Party on 1 September 1999. Dominica has not enacted new legislation specifically to implement the Mine Ban Treaty.

Dominica has not attended any recent meetings of the treaty. It did not attend the Third Review Conference in Maputo in June 2014. Dominica submitted its initial Mine Ban Treaty Article 7 report in 2002 and its fifth report in 2008, but has not provided annual updates since.

Dominica is not  party to the Convention on Conventional Weapons, nor is it party to the Convention on Cluster Munitions.

Dominica has never used, produced, imported, exported, or stockpiled antipersonnel mines, including for training purposes.