Practice Relating to Rule 86. Blinding Laser Weapons
Section A. Laser weapons specifically designed to cause permanent blindness
Belgium’s Law Regulating Economic and Individual Activities with Weapons (2006) provides:
For the purposes of the present law and its implementing decrees, a “blinding laser weapon” is considered as … : [any] weapon designed or adapted, as its sole function or as one of its functions, to cause permanent blindness by means of laser technology.
The Law further provides: “[The following] arms shall be considered as prohibited: … blinding laser weapons”.
Upon acceptance of the 1995 Protocol IV to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons, Belgium stated: “The provisions of … Protocol [IV] which by their contents or nature may also be applied in peacetime, shall be observed at all times.”