Antigua and Barbuda

Mine Ban Policy

Last updated: 12 November 2019


Antigua and Barbuda signed the Mine Ban Treaty on 3 December 1997 and ratified it on 3 May 1999, becoming a State Party on 1 November 1999. Antigua and Barbuda has stated that existing legislation makes any treaty it joins part of domestic law, and as such, it has no plans to enact separate legislation imposing penal sanctions as required by the treaty.

Antigua and Barbuda has not attended any recent meetings of the treaty. It did not attend the Third Review Conference in Maputo in June 2014. Antigua and Barbuda submitted its initial Mine Ban Treaty Article 7 report on 29 March 2000, but has not provided subsequent annual reports.

On 5 December 2018, Antigua and Barbuda voted in favor of UN General Assembly resolution 73/61 promoting universalization and implementation of the convention, as it has done previously.[1]

Antigua and Barbuda is party to the Convention on Conventional Weapons, but it has not ratified its Amended Protocol II on landmines or Protocol V on explosive remnants of war. Antigua and Barbuda is also party to the Convention on Cluster Munitions.

Production, transfer, stockpiling, and retention

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

[1] “Implementation of the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on Their Destruction,” UNGA Resolution 73/61, 5 December 2018.