|Title:||Federal Law on the Prohibition of Cluster Munitions 2008 (as|
amended in 2009)
|Title in original language:||Gesamte Rechtsvorschrift für Verbot von Streumunition, Fassung vom 07.05.2009|
The Federal Law on the Prohibition of Cluster Munitions implementing the international Convention on Cluster Munitions 2008 was adopted on 7 May 2009. It incorporates the definitions found in article 2 § 2 of the Convention on Cluster Munitions. The law also prohibits the development, production, acquisition, use, possession, licensing, procuration, import, export and transit of cluster munitions (article 2). However, article 3 permits some exceptions such as the use of munitions for purposes of training the army and with regard to the destruction of cluster munitions. According to Article 4 cluster munitions should be destroyed in the three years after the enter into force of the present law. With regard to Cluster Munitions dating from before 1955 Article 4 stipulates an obligation to register such munitions with the Ministry of the Interior, which is responsible for securing and destroying these munitions. As for offences arising from the violation of any of the provisions found in the previous articles, Article 5 provides that a person acting against the law may be punished by way of a fine ranging from not more than 360 daily rates or imprisonment for a maximum of 2 years.