Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Democratic Republic of the Congo

The Democratic Republic of the Congo acceded to the Convention on 2 May 2002, with the Convention entering into force for the Democratic Republic of the Congo on 1 November 2002.

Obligations under the Convention

In its initial transparency report submitted on 30 April 2003, the Democratic Republic of the Congo reported stockpiled anti-personnel mines under its ownership or possession.

Notwithstanding the obligation to destroy all stockpiled anti-personnel mines, the Convention permits the retention of the minimum number of anti-personnel mines absolutely necessary for the development of and training in mine detection, mine clearance, or mine destruction techniques.

The Democratic Republic of the Congo opted not to retain anti-personnel mines for these permitted purposes.

In its initial transparency report submitted on 30 April 2003, the Democratic Republic of the Congo reported stockpiled anti-personnel mines under its ownership or possession.

In 2005, the Democratic Republic of the Congo reported that it had completed the destruction of all stockpiled anti-personnel mines. 

In total, the Democratic Republic of the Congo reported having destroyed 4,487 mines.

In its initial transparency report, the Democratic Republic of the Congo reported areas under its jurisdiction or control in which anti-personnel mines are known or suspected to be emplaced..

In accordance with Article 5 of the Convention, the Democratic Republic of the Congo undertook to destroy or ensure the destruction of all anti-personnel mines in these areas as soon as possible but not later than 1 November 2012.

On 31 March 2011, the Democratic Republic of the Congo submitted a request to extend its mine clearance deadline. The request was granted at the Eleventh Meeting of the States Parties and a new deadline set for 1 January 2015.

On 7 April 2014, the Democratic Republic of the Congo submitted a second request to extend its mine clearance deadline. The request was granted at the Third Review Conference and a new deadline set for 1 January 2021.

On 24 September 2020, the Democratic Republic of the Congo submitted a third request to extend its mine clearance deadline. The request was granted at the Eighteenth Meeting of the States Parties and a new deadline set for 1 July 2022.

In July 2021, the Democratic Republic of the Congo submitted a new request to extend its mine clearance deadline.

Extension Request Process

The Democratic Republic of the Congo has indicated having significant numbers – hundreds or thousands – of landmine survivors.

The Democratic Republic of the Congo is also a State Party to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Annually and no later than 30 April, each State Party is to update information covering the previous calendar year. The latest Article 7 reports for this State Party can be found on this page.

Each State Party is to take all appropriate legal, administrative and other measures, including the imposition of penal sanctions, to prevent and suppress any activity prohibited to a State Party under this Convention undertaken by persons or on territory under its jurisdiction or control.

The Democratic Republic of the Congo has reported having established national implementation measures or that it considers existing legislation to be sufficient. 

 View, download snapshots of the Democratic Republic of the Congo during Convention-related activities on Flickr.

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Universalization