Guinea-Bissau ratified the Convention on 22 May 2001, and the Convention entered into force for Guinea-Bissau on 1 November 2001.

Stockpile Destruction (Article 4)

In its initial transparency report submitted in June of 2002, Guinea-Bissau reported stockpiled anti-personnel mines under its ownership or possession.

In its transparency report submitted on 15 September 2006, Guinea-Bissau reported that it had completed the destruction of all stockpiled anti-personnel mines.

In total, Guinea-Bissau reported having destroyed 11,654 mines.

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.

Guinea Bissau has reported having retained nine (9) anti-personnel mines for these permitted purposes.

Mine Clearance (Article 5) 

In its initial transparency report, Guinea-Bissau 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, Guinea-Bissau undertook to destroy or ensure the destruction of all anti-personnel mines in these areas as soon as possible but not later than 1 November 2011.

On 8 September 2010, Guinea-Bissau submitted a request to extend its deadline. The request was granted at the Tenth Meeting of the States Parties (10MSP) and a new deadline set for 1 January 2012.

On 5 December 2012, Guinea-Bissau reported to the Twelfth Meeting of the States Parties (12MSP) that it had fulfilled its obligation under Article 5 of the Convention before its 1 January 2012 deadline.

On 23 June 2021, during the intersessional meetings, Guinea-Bissau reported the discovery of previously unknown mined areas. In accordance with the decisions taken by the Twelfth Meeting of the States Parties, Guinea-Bissau submitted, on 11 August, a request to extend its mine clearance deadline. The request will be considered by the Nineteenth Meeting of the States Parties

Victim Assistance

Guinea-Bissau is one of 30 States Parties that have indicated having significant numbers – hundreds or thousands – of landmine survivors.

Guinea-Bissau is also a State Party to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Article 5 Extension Request

2021 Extension Request

Guinea-Bissau's Extension Request Received 11 August 2021 PDF 3.8MB

2010 Extension Request

Guinea-Bissau's Extension Request Received 8 September 2010 PDF 480KB

Guinea-Bissau's Extension Request Executive Summary PDF 42KB

Guinea-Bissau's Extension Request Analysis PDF 113KB

Guinea-Bissau's Extension Request Decision PDF 25KB


Update on Victim Assistance, November 2019

Declaration of Completion 2012 PDF 393KB

Article 7 transparency report submitted in 2011 PDF 105KB

Press Release | Guinea-Bissau free of all known anti-personnel mines English PDF 90KB | French PDF 90KB

Cesar Luis Gomes Lopes de Carvalho, the National Director of Guinea-Bissau’s humanitarian demining programme