Practice Relating to Rule 83. Removal or Neutralization of Landmines
In 1995, during a debate in the First Committee of the UN General Assembly, Thailand stated that it appreciated “the efforts of the United Nations in drawing up a comprehensive mine clearance programme, in launching mine awareness activities, and, more importantly, in establishing the United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund for land mine-affected countries”.
In 2009, in its initial report to the Committee on the Rights of the Child under the Optional Protocol on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict, Thailand stated:
48. International instruments relevant to the issue of the involvement of children in armed conflict to which Thailand is a State party include the following:
(29) Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on their Destruction, 18 September 1997.
49. Efforts have been taken to monitor Thailand’s progress toward implementing its obligations under these agreements. Notably, the National Committee for Humanitarian Mine Action and the National Mine Action Center were established pursuant to the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on their Destruction [1997 Ottawa Convention on Anti-Personnel Mines]. The Center acts as focal point for all humanitarian operations concerning landmines. Four operations units were established to coordinate, monitor and implement mine clearance, landmine/unexploded ordnance [s]urvey, mine awareness and victim assistance activities throughout Thailand. These units are required to submit a monthly report on the results of the operations.