Arms Control & Disarmament Thread (Certain Conventional Weapons Only)


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This thread is designed for discussion on Arms Control and Disarmament Affairs/Agreements regarding conventional or rather "certain conventional" weapons. It is preferred that all discussion that fall under this category be discussed here rather then opening up new threads.

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* Convention on Cluster Munitions

Countries that ratify the convention oblige never under any circumstances to:

i. Use cluster munitions

ii. Develop, produce, otherwise acquire, stockpile, retain or transfer to anyone, directly or indirectly, cluster munitions.

iii. Assist, encourage or induce anyone to engage in any activity prohibited to a State Party under this Convention.

Adoption Date: 30 May 2008
Place: Dublin (Ireland)
Opened for signature: 3 December 2008
Entry into force (EIF): after it has been ratified by 30 states

As for January 2009 only 4 states have ratified it, 91 other have signed it but not ratified.


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Opened for signature (with protocol I, II & III): 10th April 1981
EIF: 2nd December 1983
Depository: UN Secretary General

-[FONT=&quot] [/FONT]states must ratify minimum of 2 protocols to become a member

Ø[FONT=&quot] [/FONT]Protocol I: Prohibits the use of weapons intended to injure by fragments which are not detectable in the human body by X-rays.

Ø[FONT=&quot] [/FONT]Protocol II: Prohibits or restricts the use of mines, booby-traps & other devices.

Ø[FONT=&quot] [/FONT]Protocol III: Restricts use of incendiary weapons

Ø[FONT=&quot] [/FONT]Protocol IV: Prohibits employment of laser weapons specifically designed to cause permanent blindness to un-enhanced vision.
Ø[FONT=&quot] [/FONT]Protocol V: Recognizes the need for measures of a generic nature to minimize the risks & effects of explosive remnants of war.


Opened for signature: 3rd-4th December 1997 at Ottawa, 5th December at NY
EIF: 1st March 1999

Ø[FONT=&quot] [/FONT]Prohibits anti-personnel mines, which are defined as mines designed to be exploded by the presence, proximity or contact of a person & which will incapacitate, injure or kill one or more persons.

Ø[FONT=&quot] [/FONT]Each party undertakes to destroy all its stockpiled anti personnel mines ASAP but no later than 4 years after the EIF of the convention for that state party.

Ø[FONT=&quot] [/FONT]Each party also undertakes to destroy all anti-personnel mines in mined areas under its jurisdiction or control not later than 10 years after the EIF for conventions for that party.


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No mention of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)?

w w w]Chemical Weapons Convention

The CWC has been credited with the significant reduction of existing US and Russian chemical weapons stock-pile over the years. It has also put some restrains on other countries that may have tried to develop chemical weapons.

There is also the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC):

w w]The Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) At A Glance | Arms Control Association

While the BWC bans biological weapons, it does not ban research and biodefense programs. However, to carry out biodefense programs, biological toxins/agents are required, just not in the quantities needed for war. Nonetheless, this means that the capability to produce the biological toxins/agents are available in some countries that are party to BWC.


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Check 'em out man, as you're new (especially rule 2). One liners are generally frowned upon as 9/10 times they do nothing.

It'd be much appreciated if you could initiate some sort of discussion yourself - as this is an interest of yours - rather than trying to encourage others to do so by posting a link or article or whatever and muse over the contents
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