UNSC adopts India-co-sponsored resolution on piracy

UN Security Council today unanimously adopted an India-co-sponsored resolution on piracy in Somalia, taking on board, at India's initiative, the issue of prosecution of convicted pirates not only for acts of piracy but also for hostage taking.

hidden October 25, 2011 11:13:28 IST
UNSC adopts India-co-sponsored resolution on piracy

United Nations: UN Security Council today unanimously adopted an India-co-sponsored resolution on piracy in Somalia, taking on board, at India's initiative, the issue of prosecution of convicted pirates not only for acts of piracy but also for hostage taking.

Minister of State for External Affairs E Ahamed attended the Security Council meeting Monday for adoption of Resolution on prosecution of pirates, co-sponsored by India and 10 other UNSC members.

In a first, at India's initiative, the resolution deals with the issue of prosecution for acts of piracy as well as hostage taking.

The resolution calls for international cooperation in sharing information for the purpose of law enforcement and effective prosecution.

UNSC adopts Indiacosponsored resolution on piracy

Suspected Somali pirates are guarded by marine reserve police in Jamnagar district in Gujarat state on June 26, 2011. AFP

It recognizes the increasing scope of piracy beyond the coast of Somalia, which affects not only the states in the region but also those far beyond.

India, supported by other members, incorporated in the resolution provisions dealing with persons who "intentionally facilitate piracy operations, including key figures of criminal networks involved in piracy."

The resolution calls for prosecution of those who illicitly plan, organize, facilitate, or finance and profit from such attacks.

In the resolution, the 15-member body urged countries that have not already done so to criminalise piracy under their domestic laws and to implement prosecution methods in accordance with international human rights law.

The resolution also emphasized the need to establish specialized anti-piracy courts in Somalia and other countries in the region.

The Security Council had earlier this year adopted another resolution which addressed the problem of hostage taking and sought cooperation among states in overall counter-piracy efforts.

India said it expects that both the resolutions will further strengthen the international legal framework for the fight against the menace of piracy and hostage taking.

India has been taking lead in addressing piracy problems as well as hostage taking.

While piracy off the coast of Somalia has become a serious threat to international peace and maritime trade, taking hostages has grave human rights and humanitarian implications.

PTI

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