Combating terrorism more effectively by legal means

Bern, 15.10.2008 - On 15 October 2008, representatives of Switzerland in New York, Vienna and London deposited the instruments of ratification and accession for four international conventions and protocols of the United Nations (UN) regarding combating nuclear and maritime terrorism. Switzerland is thus one of the first three States to have ratified all 16 universal UN conventions and protocols on combating terrorism.

The four international legal instruments, which are intended to strengthen international cooperation on combating terrorism, were approved unanimously by the two houses of the federal parliament last June. No amendment of national law was necessary, since Switzerland has already anchored the regulations required to implement the agreement in its national law. 

For Switzerland, the fight against terrorism has long been an important concern. In particular, it is committed to combating terrorism on the basis of international legal conventions. It is only with a legal based approach that a long-term and generally acceptable foundation for cooperation between States can be created. 

Information: Ambassador Christine Schraner Burgener, Deputy Director of the Directorate of Public International Law (DPIL), Tel. 031 322 30 87

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