Credible evidence has emerged that one or more militia groups in Libya recently used anti-personnel landmines during an armed conflict involving a Zintan alliance and the Libya Dawn alliance at Tripoli Airport in July and August 2014.

“The use of anti-personnel landmines by any party anywhere is unacceptable … All parties should order their forces to stop using landmines and destroy any stocks immediately.”

Steve Goose, Nobel Peace Co-Laureate and arms director at Human Rights Watch

Libya is not a party to the Ottawa Treaty, which comprehensively bans anti-personnel mines. For nations that are not parties to the treaty, such as Libya, the use of anti-personnel mines violates customary international law.

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