Rwanda ratified the Convention on 8 June 2000, and the Convention entered into force for Rwanda on 1 December 2000.

Stockpile Destruction (Article 4)

In its initial transparency report submitted on 4 September 2001, Rwanda indicated it did not have any stockpiled anti-personnel mines under its ownership or possession or under its jurisdiction or control.

Retained Mines (Article 3)

Notwithstanding the obligation to destroy all stockpiled anti-personnel mines, the Convention permits the retention of the minimum number of anti-personnel mines absolutely necessary for the development of and training in mine detection, mine clearance, or mine destruction techniques. As of 2008, Rwanda has reported having retained 65 anti-personnel mines for these permitted purposes.

Mine Clearance (Article 5)

In its initial transparency report, Rwanda reported areas under its jurisdiction or control in which anti-personnel mines were known or suspected to be emplaced.

In accordance with Article 5 of the Convention, Rwanda undertook to destroy or ensure the destruction of all anti-personnel mines in these areas as soon as possible but not later than 1 December 2010.

On 1 December 2009, at the Cartagena Summit, Rwanda reported that it had become the first country in the African Great Lakes region to fulfill its obligation under Article 5 of the Convention.


Declaration of Completion, 1 December 2009

Article 7 transparency report submitted in 2008

Media | A 12-minute short documentary produced by the Mine Awareness Trust and screened at the Cartagena Summit, showed how the Rwandan people were able to overcome their mine clearance challenge
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