Through the AP Mine Ban Convention and Protocol V to the onvention on Certain Conventional Weapons, various States ave accepted the obligation to assist in the care and rehabilitation nd social and economic reintegration of the victims of landmines nd other explosive remnants of war.
Terms like “mine victims” and “assistance” for mine victims are ow embedded in international law. However, given that these erms are not defined and that these international instruments do ot impose an absolute legal obligation upon States, what are tates and those advising them supposed to do to fulfill what has een accepted under international humanitarian law? Moreover, given that victim assistance implies a set of activities that should be undertaken by health care, rehabilitation and social and economic reintegration professionals, what is the role of mine action personnel? The purpose of this advisory service is to address these questions, as well as to discuss relevant aspects of the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention and of Protocol V of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons.
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