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Victim assistance

    1. Each State Party with respect to cluster munition victims in areas under its jurisdiction or control shall, in accordance with applicable international humanitarian and human rights law, adequately provide age- and gender-sensitive assistance, including medical care, rehabilitation and psychological support, as well as provide for their social and economic inclusion. Each State Party shall make every effort to collect reliable relevant data with respect to cluster munition victims.

    2. In fulfilling its obligations under paragraph 1 of this Article each State Party shall:
      (a) Assess the needs of cluster munition victims;
      (b) Develop, implement and enforce any necessary national laws and policies;
      (c) Develop a national plan and budget, including timeframes to carry out these activities, with a view to incorporating them within the existing national disability, development and human rights frameworks and mechanisms, while respecting the specific role and contribution of relevant actors;
      (d) Take steps to mobilise national and international resources;
      (e) Not discriminate against or among cluster munition victims, or between cluster munition victims and those who have suffered injuries or disabilities from other causes; differences in treatment should be based only on medical, rehabilitative, psychological or socio-economic needs;
      (f) Closely consult with and actively involve cluster munition victims and their representative organisations;
      (g) Designate a focal point within the government for coordination of matters relating to the implementation of this Article; 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.


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