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India signs the UN Convention against Transnational Organised Crime (UNTOC)

December 23, 2002

India signs the UN Convention against Transnational Organised Crime (UNTOC)

On December 12, 2002, India became a signatory to the UN Convention against Transnational Organised Crime (UNTOC) and its three Protocols, namely:

  • Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children;
  • Protocol against the Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea and Air; and
  • Protocol against the Illicit Manufacturing and Trafficking in firearms. Their Parts and Components and Ammunition.

India has thus joined a large group of almost 145 countries, representing both developed and developing, who have signed the Convention till date. By taking this important step, Government has made clear our commitment to the object and purpose of the Convention and Protocols and signalled our interest to become Parties to this comprehensive global instrument which covers a range of illegal activities, advocating international and national action, inter alia, to tackle money laundering, illegal sale of firearms, criminal associations and conspiracies, smuggling, and trafficking in persons, including women and children, etc.

Transnational organised crime has emerged over the past two decades as a major threat to global security with obvious links with international terrorism. It is in view of this that India places great importance to the Convention and the Protocols and hopes that it will, on entry into force, reflect international resolve to tackle the scourge of global and cross-border terrorism.

New Delhi

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