Terrorist Bombings Convention

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Terrorist Bombings Convention
International Convention for the Suppression of Terrorist Bombings
Type anti-terrorism, international criminal law
Drafted 15 December 1997
Signed 12 January 1998[1]
Location New York City, United States
Effective 23 May 2001
Condition 22 ratifications
Signatories 58
Parties 168
Depositary United Nations Secretary-General
Languages Arabic Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish

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.

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 February 2014, the convention has been ratified by 168 states.[2]

See also


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