Protocol on Explosive Remnants of War

Protocol on Explosive Remnants of War 2003 (Protocol V to the The United Nations Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons 1980)

Article 8
Co-operation and assistance

2. Each High Contracting Party in a position to do so shall provide assistance for the care and rehabilitation and social and economic reintegration of victims of explosive remnants of war. Such assistance may be provided inter alia through the United Nations system, relevant international, regional or national organisations or institutions, the International Committee of the Red Cross, national Red Cross and Red Crescent societies and their International Federation, non-governmental organisations, or on a bilateral basis.

Plan of Action on Victim Assistance

Protocol V – Plan of Action on Victim Assistance webpage

The following are the Plan’s action points:

Action 1: States Parties should ‘provide or facilitate the provision of age- and gender-sensitive medical care, rehabilitation, psychological support and adequate assistance for social and economic inclusion in a non-discriminatory manner.’

Action 2: States Parties are to collect data on victims.

Action 3: Assistance and cooperation which is provided should be consistent with the ‘national laws and procedures of the recipient State.’ All States, international organizations and institutions are urged to cooperate and provide assistance.

Action 4: In implementing the Plan of Action, States Parties should:

(a) Assess the needs of victims;

(b) Develop, implement and enforce any necessary national laws and policies;

(c) Develop in accordance with national procedures, a national plan and provision of adequate resources, including time frames to carry out these activities, with a view to incorporating them within as well as supporting applicable national disability, development and human rights frameworks and mechanisms, while respecting the specific role and contribution of relevant actors in the field of assistance and rehabilitation of victims of explosive remnants of war;

(d) Seek to mobilize national and international resources;

(e) Ensure that differences in treatment are based only on medical, rehabilitative, psychological or socio-economic needs;

(f) Closely consult with and involve victims and their representative organizations;

(g) Designate, in accordance with national procedures, a focal point within the government for the implementation of this Plan of Action; and

(h) Strive to incorporate relevant guidelines and good practices including in the areas of medical care, rehabilitation and psychological support, as well as social and economic inclusion. ‘

II. States Parties decided to exchange regularly information on the implementation of this Plan of Action.

III. States Parties decided to ‘review regularly the implementation of this Plan of Action’ to enable them to ‘assess progress and take appropriate decisions for further improving assistance for victims’.

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