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Trinidad and Tobago, Landmine Monitor Report 2004

Trinidad and Tobago

Key developments since 1999: Trinidad and Tobago became a State Party on 1 March 2002. It was the first Caribbean state to adopt domestic implementation legislation in June 2000.

Trinidad and Tobago signed the Mine Ban Treaty on 4 December 1997, ratified on 27 April 1998, and the treaty entered into force on 1 March 1999. Trinidad and Tobago was the first Caribbean state to adopt domestic implementing legislation, the “Anti-Personnel Mines Act no. 48,” which took effect 1 June 2000.[1] Trinidad and Tobago participated in the Ottawa Process, but it has not attended any Mine Ban Treaty-related meetings since 1997. On 30 August 2002, Trinidad and Tobago submitted its initial Article 7 transparency report for the period from August 1999 to August 2001, but it has not provided any subsequent update. Trinidad and Tobago has voted in support of every annual pro-ban UN General Assembly resolution since 1996. The country has never produced, transferred, stockpiled, or used antipersonnel mines, and it is not mine-affected.[2]

[1] The legislation comprehensively prohibits antipersonnel mines and provides for penal sanctions including fines of up to $50,000 (approximately US $8,000) and imprisonment of up to seven years. Anti-Personnel Mines Act, 2000 (Act no. 48 of 2000), printed in Legal Supplement Part A to the Trinidad and Tobago Gazette, Vol. 39, No. 193, 5 October 2000. The legislation is reprinted in the International Committee of the Red Cross, “Information Kit on the Development of National Legislation to Implement the Convention on the Prohibition of Anti-Personnel Mines,” presented to the intersessional Standing Committee on General Status and operation of the Convention, Geneva, 11 May 2001. See also Article 7 Report, Form A, 30 August 2002.
[2] Article 7 Report, Form B, 30 August 2002.