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Italy: Fight Against Piracy

(Sept. 9, 2009) On July 22, 2009, the Italian Parliament converted Decree-Law No. 61 of June 15, 2009, into Law No. 100, approving urgent provisions on combating piracy. It came into force on the day after its publication in the official gazette. According to this law, appropriate measures will be taken when actions are perpetrated […]

United Nations: Anti-Piracy Agreement Signed

(Feb. 5, 2009) Nine countries in the Indian Ocean and Red Sea region have signed a Code of Conduct designed to increase cooperation against the piracy off the coast of Somalia. Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Maldives, Seychelles, Somalia, Tanzania, and Yemen have agreed to work together to seize, investigate, and prosecute pirates operating in the […]

Denmark: Dutch Requested to Allow Danish Prosecution of Suspected Somali Pirates

(Jan. 12, 2009) It was reported on January 3, 2009, that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark has contacted Dutch officials to clear Danish prosecution of five suspected Somali pirates currently being held in custody on the Danish naval ship Absalon. The suspects were seized by the Absalon on January 2, after they had […]

United Nations: Security Council Resolution Empowers States Combating Piracy to Conduct Land Operations in Somalia

(Jan. 8, 2009) On December 16, 2008, the United Nations Security Council adopted its fourth resolution since June on combating piracy off Somalia's coast. Unlike the others, however, the latest resolution “empowers states combating piracy to conduct operations on land in Somalia.” (UN Empowers Land Operations Against Somali Pirates, AFP, Dec. 17, 2008, available at […]