Terrorist Bombings Convention

The Terrorist Bombings Convention (formally the International Convention for the Suppression of Terrorist Bombings) is a 1997 United Nations treaty designed to criminalize terrorist bombings.

Terrorist Bombings Convention
International Convention for the Suppression of Terrorist Bombings
Typeanti-terrorism, international criminal law
Drafted15 December 1997
Signed12 January 1998[1]
LocationNew York City, United States
Effective23 May 2001
Condition22 ratifications
DepositaryUnited Nations Secretary-General
LanguagesArabic Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish

The convention describes terrorist bombings as the unlawful and intentional use of explosives in public places with intention to kill, to injure, or to cause extensive destruction to compel a government or an international organization to do or to abstain from doing some act.

The convention also seeks to promote police and judicial co-operation to prevent, investigate and punish those acts.

As of September 2018, the convention has been ratified by 170 states.[2]

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  1. ^ First signed by Belgium, Canada, France, Russia, Sri Lanka, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
  2. ^ Ratifications.