Practice Relating to Rule 70. Weapons of a Nature to Cause Superfluous Injury or Unnecessary Suffering
In 1975, during discussions in the Ad Hoc Committee on Conventional Weapons established by the CDDH, the representative of Mauritania stated:
7. He strongly supported the general prohibition of all weapons that might cause unnecessary suffering.
8. For humanitarian reasons, a ban should be placed on the use of incendiary weapons, anti-personnel fragmentation weapons, fléchettes, small calibre projectiles causing serious wounds and anti-personnel land mines which … caused unnecessary suffering through serious, terrifying and painful wounds that were difficult to treat.
9. His delegation considered that the provisions of Articles 22 and 23(e) of the [1907 Hague Regulations], which were also to be found in the Preamble to the Declaration of St. Petersburg of 1868 to the Effect of Prohibiting the Use of Certain Projectiles in Wartime, as well as in the report of the United Nations Secretary-General on Napalm and other incendiary weapons and all aspects of their possible use … showed that the use of certain categories of weapons should be generally prohibited for the well-being of all mankind.