Practice Relating to Rule 81. Restrictions on the Use of Landmines
In 1976, during discussions in the Ad Hoc Committee on Conventional Weapons established by the CDDH, Italy stated: “The obligation to record the location of minefields and to fit a neutralising mechanism on remotely delivered mines provided a satisfactory guarantee for the civilian population.”
Upon acceptance of the 1996 Amended Protocol II to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons, Italy stated:
The provisions of the amended Protocol which by their contents or nature may be applied also in peacetime, shall be observed at all times …
Under article 2 of the amended Protocol II, in order to fully address the humanitarian concerns raised by anti-personnel land-mines, the Italian Parliament has enacted and brought into force a legislation containing a far more stringent definition of those devices. In this regard, while reaffirming its commitment to promote the further development of international humanitarian law, the Italian Government confirms its understanding that the word “primarily” is included in article 2, paragraph 3 of the amended Protocol to clarify that mines designed to be detonated by the presence, proximity or contact of a vehicle as opposed to a person, that are equipped with anti-handling devices are not considered anti-personnel mines as a result of being so equipped.