Deposit of the Instrument of Acceptance of the International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism
August 7, 2007
- On August 3 (Fri) (Japan time: 4 (Sat)), the instrument of
acceptance of the International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear
Terrorism was deposited by the Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations,
to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, at the headquarters of the U.N.
in New York.
- Stipulating as offences such acts of (1) possessing or using
radioactive material or a device, or (2) using or damaging a nuclear facility
in a manner which releases radioactive material, with the intent to cause death,
serious bodily injury, substantial damage to property, etc., the Convention
obligates each State Party, for example, to establish its jurisdiction, and
either to take a measure to extradite the offender or to submit the case to
its competent authorities for the purpose of prosecution, in order not to allow
the offender or alleged offender to escape criminal procedures.
- This Convention came into effect on July 7, 2007 --- as of
August 1, with 24 States Parties (Russia is the only G8 country). In accordance
with paragraph 2 of Article 25 of the Convention, the Convention will come into
effect for Japan on September 2, the 30th day after the date of the deposition
of the instrument of acceptance.
- The conclusion of this Convention was approved by the Diet on June 15, 2007, and the acceptance and promulgation was decided by the Cabinet on August 3.