Lao People’s Democratic Republic

Cluster Munition Remnants

Anti-Personnel Mines

  • Performance

    Not Applicable

Recommendations for Action

  • The Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) should accede to the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention (APMBC) as a matter of priority.
  • Lao PDR should clear anti-personnel mines in areas under its jurisdiction or control as soon as possible, consonant with its obligations under international human rights law.
  • In light of the continuing reports by clearance operators of anti-personnel mines being encountered during cluster munition remnant survey (CMRS), the National Regulatory Authority (NRA) should consider convening a sector-wide meeting to discuss National Standards, accreditation, and procedures for addressing all mine (both anti-personnel and anti-vehicle) contamination. This process might benefit from the establishment of a technical working group specifically for landmines.
  • Lao PDR should ensure that its Information Management System for Mine Action (IMSMA) database disaggregates data on landmines, distinguishing anti-personnel mines from anti-vehicle mines.
  • The NRA should facilitate the development, together with inclusive participation from all operators and other relevant mine action stakeholders, of a new Safe Path Forward III strategy for the sector for 2021–30.

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