Action against Terrorism

Council of Europe Convention on the Prevention of terrorism (CETS No. 196)

Text of the Convention
- Summary - Explanatory report - Ratifications
44 signatures, 30 ratifications (entry into force 1 June 2007)


Council of Europe Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism:
Amendment

On 13 September 2009 the procedure for the updating of the list of treaties appended to the Council of Europe Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism (CETS n° 196) had been finalised. As a result of this procedure, the treaty list appended to the CETS No.: 196 had been amended by adding the International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism.

Council of Europe Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism picks up speed Estonia (15 May 2009), Serbia (14 April 2009) and Spain (27 February 2009) are the latest states to ratify the Convention, bringing the number of ratifications to 20; 43 of the Council of Europe's 47 member states have already signed the Convention. (more)

During its 2927th Justice and Home Affairs meeting (Brussels, 26 and 27 February 2009), the Council of the European Union adopted Conclusions on supporting the CoE's legislative work in the area of criminal justice. In this document the Council referred in particular to the CoE Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism and called upon EU member States to sign, ratify and implement the Conventions of the CoE in the area of international co-operation in criminal matters (more)

European Union amends its Framework Decision on Combating Terrorism in line with CoE Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism
The Council of the EU reached a common approach on the amendment of the Framework Decision on combating terrorism proposed by the Commission on 6 November 2007. The amendment up-dates the Framework Decision making public provocation to commit a terrorist offence, recruitment and training for terrorism punishable behaviour, also when committed through the Internet.

The wording which is proposed is as close as possible to the wording of the Council of Europe Convention on the Prevention of terrorism adopted in 2005, especially its Articles 5 to 7. The amendment is also balanced in terms of its effects on freedom of speech and general respect for human rights. (more)

Europe's New Anti Terrorism Convention Strong on Substance, Short on Adherents - opinion article published at the counterterrorism blog (link).

Entry into force of the Council of Europe Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism on 1 June 2007
“This new weapon provides a robust and effective response to the threat of terrorism. It allows our governments to act early and effectively to stop terrorists before they can carry out their attacks” said Terry Davis, Secretary General of the Council of Europe 
The Council of Europe Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism, “a sound response which would respect human rights”
Martin Sheinin, Special Rapporteur on the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism (E/CN.4/2006/98, para. 56 (c)).
This stand was further recalled in the Report of the Counter-Terrorism Committee to the Security Council on the implementation of Resolution 1624(2005).