Practice Relating to Rule 83. Removal or Neutralization of Landmines
Cameroon’s Instructor’s Manual (1992) states that the restrictions contained in the 1980 Protocol II to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons must be scrupulously applied in order to avoid civilian casualties. The manual provides, therefore, that the use of mines, booby-traps and other devices must follow the rules on recording and publication of the location of mines and minefields as defined in Article 7 of the Protocol.
Cameroon’s Instructor’s Manual (2006), under the heading “The Weapons of Warfare Subject to International Rules” quotes Article 2 of the 1980 Protocol II to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons. It further states:
The only restrictions concern use directed against civilian populations. All rules must be scrupulously observed so that their use in a situation of armed conflict does not cause victims amongst the civilian populations. Hence the rules regarding:
- the removal of mines.
The manual further states:
Protocol II … (as amended on 3 May 1996) modifies the [earlier] version by obliging the parties to a conflict to remove both anti-vehicle mines and anti-personnel mines and to take additional measures to protect the civilian population against the dangers which they pose.