Timor Leste

Mine Ban Policy

Last updated: 18 December 2019


The Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste acceded to the Mine Ban Treaty on 7 May 2003 and became a State Party on 1 November 2003. The New Penal Code of East Timor Law No. 19/2009, Article 127, enacted on 8 April 2009, provides for criminal sanctions as required under Article 9 of the Mine Ban Treaty.[1]

Timor-Leste has not attended any recent meetings of the treaty. It did not attend the Third Review Conference in Maputo in June 2014. On 22 June 2004, Timor-Leste submitted its initial Mine Ban Treaty Article 7 report, due 28 April 2004, but has not submitted subsequent annual reports.

Timor-Leste is not party to the Convention on Conventional Weapons. It is also not party to the Convention on Cluster Munitions.

Timor-Leste has residual unexploded ordnance contamination.

Use, production, transfer, and stockpile

Timor-Leste has never used, produced, exported, or imported antipersonnel mines, including for training purposes.

[1] Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on their Destruction, “Table of Article 9 National Implementation Measures as reported by State Parties under Article 7,” 23 November 2009, p. 46.