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Mauritius, Landmine Monitor Report 2004


Key developments since May 2003: In November 2003, Mauritius destroyed its stockpile of 93 antipersonnel mines; these were initially declared as retained for training purposes.

Key developments since 1999: Mauritius became a State Party in March 1999. It enacted domestic implementation legislation in April 2001. It submitted its initial Article 7 report in May 2002, nearly three years late. It destroyed its stockpile of 93 antipersonnel mines in November 2003.

On 3 December 1997, Mauritius simultaneously signed and ratifed the Mine Ban Treaty. It became a State Party when the treaty entered into force on 1 March 1999. Mauritius adopted domestic implementation legislation, including penal sanctions, in April 2001.[1]

Mauritius was an active participant in the Ottawa Process leading to the Mine Ban Treaty. Mauritius has voted in favor of each annual pro-ban United Nations General Assembly resolution since 1996. It has attended three of the annual Meetings of States Parties (in 1999, 2002 and 2003) and participated in every intersessional Standing Committee meeting since 2002. Mauritius is also a member of the Convention on Conventional Weapons (CCW), but it has not ratified the CCW’s Amended Protocol II.

Mauritius submitted its initial Article 7 transparency report on 20 May 2002; it had been due on 27 August 1999. On 25 April 2004, Mauritius submitted its third Article 7 report, for the period from 30 April 2003 to 14 January 2004.[2] According to the report, Mauritius has not produced, transferred or used antipersonnel mines.[3]

On 27 November 2003, Mauritius destroyed its stockpile of 93 antipersonnel mines. Mauritius has previously declared that these mines were being retained for training purposes.[4] The treaty-mandated deadline for completion of stockpile destruction for Mauritius, except mines retained for training, was 1 March 2003.

Mauritius is not mine-affected.

[1] Violators of the law are liable to penal servitude and other unspecified penalties imposed by the Court. The law applies to violations committed in Mauritius or, in the case of a citizen of Mauritius, elsewhere. The Anti-Personnel Mines (Prohibition) Act (No. 1 of 2001).
[2] This third report was dated 13 February 2004. See also Article 7 reports submitted 20 May 2002 (for the period 30 April 2001-30 April 2002) and 25 April 2003 (for the period 11 March 2002- 30 April 2003).
[3] Article 7 Report, 25 April 2004.
[4] Article 7 Report, Form G, 25 April 2004.