Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs)
IEDs have been the focus for the past few years and States parties are in the process of compiling existing guidelines and best practices aiming at addressing the diversion or illicit use of materials that can eventually be used for making IEDs.
IEDs have long been one of the main causes of casualties among military forces and have a long-term impact on the civilian population. APII makes it clear that the civilian population, individual civilians or civilian objects must not be targeted. This is the reason why it has been the focus of the States Parties since 2009 to continue to share experience on the scale of the humanitarian problem posed by IEDs and to learn about efforts to defeat and prevent the use of IEDs at a national, regional and international level, by producing a compilation existing guidelines and best practices aiming at addressing the diversion or illicit use of materials that can eventually be used for making IEDs.
Compilation of existing guidelines, best practices, and other recommendations aimed at addressing the diversion or illicit use of materials which can be used for IEDs
A draft Compilation was first circulated on 5 April 2012 by the Co-Coordinators on IEDs and was discussed by the Group of Experts. The Group welcomed the draft and supported its dissemination. Subsequently, the Fourteenth Annual Conference requested the Implementation Support Unit to disseminate the Compilation and, in consultation with the Coordinators and the High Contracting Parties, to maintain the Compilation on an ongoing basis, including updating it as new relevant guidelines, best practices, recommendations and other comments are published.
The High Contracting Parties are invited to update the Compilation at any moment. Please contact the ISU for any assistance on this matter.
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