Happy Birthday, ICSANT!

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism (ICSANT). On 13 April 2005, the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 59/290, which includes the text of the Convention, and called on all States to sign and ratify, or accede to this new Convention. ICSANT currently has 99 States Parties and 47 Signatories. 
 
ICSANT is part of the United Nation’s treaty framework to combat terrorism, having as its main objective the prevention, repression and elimination of acts of nuclear terrorism. The Convention requires a number of acts to be criminalized and punished by appropriate penalties. ICSANT also requires States Parties to establish a number of co-operative enforcement mechanisms to facilitate the effective prosecution of individual or groups who possess or use radioactive material with the intent specified in the Convention. States Parties are also obliged to render harmless any radioactive material, nuclear explosive device, radioactive material dispersal or radiation-emitting device, or nuclear facility, once they have seized or taken control of any of these items. 
 
To assist States with implementation of this Convention, VERTIC’s National Implementation (NIM) Programme provides legislative advice to interested States. Such advice can include reviewing and commenting on existing draft legislation or providing assistance in the drafting of new legislation during workshops in capitals. For more information, read our Fact Sheet on ICSANT, view NIM’s Nuclear Security pages or contact the NIM team.
 

 

Last changed: Apr 13 2015 at 4:59 PM

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