Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the
Use of Certain Conventional Weapons Which May be Deemed to be
Excessively Injurious or to Have Indiscriminate Effects. Geneva, 10
October 1980. Amendment article 1, 21 December 2001.
1. This Convention and its annexed Protocols shall
apply in the situations referred to in Article 2 common to the Geneva
Conventions of 12 August 1949 for the Protection of War Victims,
including any situation described in paragraph 4 of Article I of
Additional Protocol I to these Conventions.
2. This Convention and its annexed Protocols
shall also apply, in addition to situations referred to in paragraph 1
of this Article, to situations referred to in Article 3 common to the
Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949. This Convention and its annexed
Protocols shall not apply to situations of internal disturbances and
tensions, such as riots, isolated and sporadic acts of violence, and
other acts of a similar nature, as not being armed conflicts.
3. In case of armed conflicts not of an
international character occurring in the territory of one of the High
Contracting Parties, each party to the conflict shall be bound to apply
the prohibitions and restrictions of this Convention and its annexed
4. Nothing in this Convention or its annexed
Protocols shall be invoked for the purpose of affecting the sovereignty
of a State or the responsibility of the Government, by all legitimate
means, to maintain or re-establish law and order in the State or to
defend the national unity and territorial integrity of the State.
5. Nothing in this Convention or its annexed
Protocols shall be invoked as a justification for intervening, directly
or indirectly, for any reason whatever, in the armed conflict or in the
internal or external affairs of the High Contracting Party in the
territory of which that conflict occurs.
6. The application of the provisions of this
Convention and its annexed Protocols to parties to a conflict which are
not High Contracting Parties that have accepted this Convention or its
annexed Protocols, shall not change their legal status or the legal
status of a disputed territory, either explicitly or implicitly.
7. The provisions of Paragraphs 2-6 of this Article
shall not prejudice additional Protocols adopted after 1 January 2002,
which may apply, exclude or modify the scope of their application in
relation to this Article.