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CHAPTER XVIII
PENAL MATTERS
12 .b Protocol against the Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea and Air, supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime
New York, 15 November 2000
Entry into force
:
28 January 2004, in accordance with article 22 which reads as follows: "1. This Protocol will enter into force on the ninetieth day after the date of deposit of the fortieth instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession, except that it shall not enter into force before the entry into force of the Convention. For the purpose of this paragraph, any instrument deposited by a regional economic integration organization shall not be counted as additional to those deposited by member states of such organization. 2. For each State or regional economic integration organization ratifying, accepting, approving or acceding to this Protocol after the deposit of the fortieth instrument of such action, this Protocol shall enter inot force on the thirtieth day after the date of deposit by such State or organization of the relevant instrument or on the date this Protocol enters into force pursuant to paragraph 1 of this article, whichever is the later.".
Registration :
28 January 2004, No. 39574
Status :
Signatories : 112. Parties : 138
Text :
United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 2241, p. 507; Doc. A/55/383.
Note :
The Protocol was adopted by resolution A/RES/55/25 of 15 November 2000 at the fifty-fifth session of the General Assembly of the United Nations. In accordance with its article 21, the Protocol will be open for signature by all States and by regional economic integration organizations, provided that at least one Member State of such organization has signed the Protocol, from 12 to 15 December 2000 at the Palazzi di Giustizia in Palermo, Italy, and thereafter at United Nations Headquarters in New York until 12 December 2002.
Participant
Signature
Ratification, Acceptance(A), Approval(AA), Accession(a), Succession(d)
Albania
12 Dec 2000
21 Aug 2002
Algeria
 6 Jun 2001
 9 Mar 2004
Antigua and Barbuda
  17 Feb 2010 a
Argentina
12 Dec 2000
19 Nov 2002
Armenia
15 Nov 2001
 1 Jul 2003
Australia
21 Dec 2001
27 May 2004
Austria
12 Dec 2000
30 Nov 2007
Azerbaijan
12 Dec 2000
30 Oct 2003
Bahamas
 9 Apr 2001
26 Sep 2008
Bahrain
   7 Jun 2004 a
Barbados
26 Sep 2001
 
Belarus
14 Dec 2000
25 Jun 2003
Belgium
12 Dec 2000
11 Aug 2004
Belize
  14 Sep 2006 a
Benin
17 May 2002
30 Aug 2004
Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
12 Dec 2000
 
Bosnia and Herzegovina
12 Dec 2000
24 Apr 2002
Botswana
10 Apr 2002
29 Aug 2002
Brazil
12 Dec 2000
29 Jan 2004
Bulgaria
13 Dec 2000
 5 Dec 2001
Burkina Faso
15 Dec 2000
15 May 2002
Burundi
14 Dec 2000
24 May 2012
Cabo Verde
13 Dec 2000
15 Jul 2004
Cambodia
11 Nov 2001
12 Dec 2005
Cameroon
13 Dec 2000
 6 Feb 2006
Canada
14 Dec 2000
13 May 2002
Central African Republic
   6 Oct 2006 a
Chile
 8 Aug 2002
29 Nov 2004
Congo
14 Dec 2000
 
Costa Rica
16 Mar 2001
 7 Aug 2003
Croatia
12 Dec 2000
24 Jan 2003
Cuba
  20 Jun 2013 a
Cyprus
12 Dec 2000
 6 Aug 2003
Czech Republic
10 Dec 2002
24 Sep 2013
Democratic Republic of the Congo
  28 Oct 2005 a
Denmark 1
12 Dec 2000
 8 Dec 2006
Djibouti
  20 Apr 2005 a
Dominica
  17 May 2013 a
Dominican Republic
15 Dec 2000
10 Dec 2007
Ecuador
13 Dec 2000
17 Sep 2002
Egypt
   1 Mar 2005 a
El Salvador
15 Aug 2002
18 Mar 2004
Equatorial Guinea
14 Dec 2000
 
Estonia
20 Sep 2002
12 May 2004
Ethiopia
  22 Jun 2012 a
European Union
12 Dec 2000
 6 Sep 2006 AA
Finland
12 Dec 2000
 7 Sep 2006 A
France
12 Dec 2000
29 Oct 2002
Gambia
14 Dec 2000
 5 May 2003
Georgia
13 Dec 2000
 5 Sep 2006
Germany
12 Dec 2000
14 Jun 2006
Ghana
  21 Aug 2012 a
Greece
13 Dec 2000
11 Jan 2011
Grenada
  21 May 2004 a
Guatemala
   1 Apr 2004 a
Guinea
   8 Jun 2005 a
Guinea-Bissau
14 Dec 2000
 
Guyana
  16 Apr 2008 a
Haiti
13 Dec 2000
19 Apr 2011
Honduras
  18 Nov 2008 a
Hungary
14 Dec 2000
22 Dec 2006
Iceland
13 Dec 2000
 
India
12 Dec 2002
 5 May 2011
Indonesia
12 Dec 2000
28 Sep 2009
Iraq
   9 Feb 2009 a
Ireland
13 Dec 2000
 
Italy
12 Dec 2000
 2 Aug 2006
Jamaica
13 Feb 2002
29 Sep 2003
Japan
 9 Dec 2002
 
Kazakhstan
  31 Jul 2008 a
Kenya
   5 Jan 2005 a
Kiribati
  15 Sep 2005 a
Kuwait
  12 May 2006 a
Kyrgyzstan
13 Dec 2000
 2 Oct 2003
Lao People's Democratic Republic
  26 Sep 2003 a
Latvia
10 Dec 2002
23 Apr 2003
Lebanon
26 Sep 2002
 5 Oct 2005
Lesotho
14 Dec 2000
24 Sep 2004
Liberia
  22 Sep 2004 a
Libya
13 Nov 2001
24 Sep 2004
Liechtenstein
14 Mar 2001
20 Feb 2008
Lithuania
25 Apr 2002
12 May 2003
Luxembourg
12 Dec 2000
24 Sep 2012
Madagascar
14 Dec 2000
15 Sep 2005
Malawi
  17 Mar 2005 a
Mali
15 Dec 2000
12 Apr 2002
Malta
14 Dec 2000
24 Sep 2003
Mauritania
  22 Jul 2005 a
Mauritius
  24 Sep 2003 a
Mexico
13 Dec 2000
 4 Mar 2003
Monaco
13 Dec 2000
 5 Jun 2001
Mongolia
  27 Jun 2008 a
Montenegro 2
  23 Oct 2006 d
Mozambique
15 Dec 2000
20 Sep 2006
Myanmar
  30 Mar 2004 a
Namibia
13 Dec 2000
16 Aug 2002
Nauru
12 Nov 2001
12 Jul 2012
Netherlands 3
12 Dec 2000
27 Jul 2005 A
New Zealand 4
14 Dec 2000
19 Jul 2002
Nicaragua
  15 Feb 2006 a
Niger
  18 Mar 2009 a
Nigeria
13 Dec 2000
27 Sep 2001
Norway
13 Dec 2000
23 Sep 2003
Oman
  13 May 2005 a
Panama
13 Dec 2000
18 Aug 2004
Paraguay
  23 Sep 2008 a
Peru
14 Dec 2000
23 Jan 2002
Philippines
14 Dec 2000
28 May 2002
Poland
 4 Oct 2001
26 Sep 2003
Portugal
12 Dec 2000
10 May 2004
Republic of Korea
13 Dec 2000
 
Republic of Moldova
14 Dec 2000
28 Feb 2006 a
Romania
14 Dec 2000
 4 Dec 2002
Russian Federation
12 Dec 2000
26 May 2004
Rwanda
14 Dec 2000
 4 Oct 2006
San Marino
14 Dec 2000
20 Jul 2010
Sao Tome and Principe
  12 Apr 2006 a
Saudi Arabia
10 Dec 2002
20 Jul 2007
Senegal
13 Dec 2000
27 Oct 2003
Serbia
12 Dec 2000
 6 Sep 2001
Seychelles
22 Jul 2002
22 Jun 2004
Sierra Leone
27 Nov 2001
 
Slovakia
15 Nov 2001
21 Sep 2004
Slovenia
15 Nov 2001
21 May 2004
South Africa
14 Dec 2000
20 Feb 2004
Spain
13 Dec 2000
 1 Mar 2002
Sri Lanka
13 Dec 2000
 
St. Kitts and Nevis
  21 May 2004 a
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
20 Nov 2002
29 Oct 2010
Suriname
  25 May 2007 a
Swaziland
 8 Jan 2001
24 Sep 2012
Sweden
12 Dec 2000
 6 Sep 2006
Switzerland
 2 Apr 2002
27 Oct 2006
Syrian Arab Republic
13 Dec 2000
 8 Apr 2009
Tajikistan
   8 Jul 2002 a
Thailand
18 Dec 2001
 
The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
12 Dec 2000
12 Jan 2005
Timor-Leste
   9 Nov 2009 a
Togo
12 Dec 2000
28 Sep 2010
Trinidad and Tobago
26 Sep 2001
 6 Nov 2007
Tunisia
13 Dec 2000
14 Jul 2003
Turkey
13 Dec 2000
25 Mar 2003
Turkmenistan
  28 Mar 2005 a
Uganda
12 Dec 2000
 
Ukraine
15 Nov 2001
21 May 2004
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
14 Dec 2000
 9 Feb 2006
United Republic of Tanzania
13 Dec 2000
24 May 2006
United States of America
13 Dec 2000
 3 Nov 2005
Uruguay
13 Dec 2000
 4 Mar 2005
Uzbekistan
28 Jun 2001
 
Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)
14 Dec 2000
19 Apr 2005
Zambia
  24 Apr 2005 a
Declarations and Reservations
(Unless otherwise indicated, the declarations and reservations were made
upon ratification, acceptance, approval or accession.)
Algeria

Reservations:
       The Government of the Algerian People's Democratic Republic does not consider itself bound by the provisions of article 20, paragraph 2, of this Protocol, which provides that any dispute between two or more States concerning the interpretation or application of the said Protocol that cannot be settled through negotiation shall, at the request of one of those States, be submitted to arbitration or referred to the International Court of Justice.
       The Government of the Algerian People's Democratic Republic believes that any dispute of this kind can only be submitted to arbitration or referred to the International Court of Justice with the consent of all parties to the dispute.

Declarations:
       Ratification of this Protocol by the Algerian People's Democratic Republic in no way signifies recognition of Israel.
       Such ratification cannot be construed as leading to the establishment of any kind of relations with Israel.

Azerbaijan

Declaration:
       "The Republic of Azerbaijan declares that it is unable to guarantee the application of the provisions of the Protocol in the territories occupied by the Republic of Armenia until these territories are liberated from that occupation."

Reservation:
       "In accordance with paragraph 3 of Article 20 of the Protocol, the Republic of Azerbaijan declares that it does not consider itself bound by paragraph 2 of Article 20."

Bahamas

Reservation:
       “In accordance with Article 20 paragraph 3, the Commonwealth of The Bahamas enters a specific reservation to the procedure established under Article 20 paragraph 2 of the Protocol on the basis that referral of a dispute concerning the application or interpretation of the provisions of the Protocol to arbitration or to the International Court of Justice must be by consent of all the parties to the dispute.”

Bahrain

Reservation:
       “... the Kingdom of Bahrain does not consider itself bound by paragraph 2 of article 20 of the Protocol against the Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea and Air.”

Belgium

Upon signature:
       Declaration:
       The French, Flemish and German-speaking Communities and the Regions of Wallonia, Flanders and Brussels-Capital are also bound by this signature.

Cuba

Declaration:
       The Republic of Cuba declares that, in accordance with the provisions of Article 20, paragraph 3 of the Protocol, it does not consider itself bound by the provisions of paragraph 2 of that Article.

Ecuador

Declaration and reservation:
       With regard to the Protocol against the Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea and Air, the Government of Ecuador declares that migrants are the victims of illicit trafficking in persons on the part of criminal organizations whose only goal is unjust and undue enrichment at the expense of persons wishing to perform honest work abroad.
       The provisions of the Protocol must be understood in conjunction with the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families, adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 1990, and with current international instruments on human rights.
       Exercising the powers referred to in article 20, paragraph 3, of the Protocol against the Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea and Air, the Government of Ecuador makes a reservation with regard to article 20, paragraph 2, relating to the settlement of disputes.

El Salvador

Upon signature:
       Reservation:
       The Government of the Republic of El Salvador does not consider itself bound by paragraph 2 of article 20, inasmuch as it does not recognize the compulsory jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice.  With regard to article 9, paragraph 2, it hereby declares that only in the event of the revision of criminal judgements shall the State, in keeping with its domestic legislation, by law compensate the victims of judicial errors that have been duly proved.  With regard to article 18, it states that the return of smuggled migrants shall take place to the extent possible and within the means of the State.

Upon ratification:
       Reservation:
       With regard to article 20, paragraph 3, the Government of the Republic of El Salvador does not consider itself bound by paragraph 2 of this article, inasmuch as it does not recognize the compulsory jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice.
       Declarations:
       With regard to article 9, paragraph 2, it hereby declares that only in the event of the revision of criminal judgements shall the State, in keeping with its domestic legislation, by law compensate the victims of judicial errors that have been duly proved.
       With regard to article 18, it states that the return of smuggled migrants shall take place to the extent possible and within the means of the State.

Ethiopia

Reservation:
       Ethiopia does not accept the jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice which is provided under Article 20(2) of the said Protocol.

European Union

Declaration:
       "Article 21 (3) of the Protocol provides that the instrument of accession of a regional economic integration organisation shall contain a declaration specifying the matters governed by the Protocol in respect of which competence has been transferred to the organisation by its Member States which are Parties to the Protocol.
       The Protocol against the smuggling of migrants by land, air and sea shall apply, with regard to the competences transferred to the European Community, to the territories in which the Treaty establishing the European Community is applied and under the conditions laid down in that Treaty, in particular Article 299 thereof and the Protocols annexed to it.
       This declaration is without prejudice to the position of the United Kingdom and Ireland under the Protocol integrating the Schengen acquis into the framework of the European Union and under the Protocol on the position of the United Kingdom and Ireland, annexed to the Treaty on European Union and the Treaty establishing the European Community.
       This declaration is equally without prejudice to the position of Denmark under the Protocol on the position of Denmark annexed to the Treaty on European Union and the Treaty establishing the European Community.
       Pursuant to Article 299, this declaration is also not applicable to the territories of the Member States in which the said Treaty does not apply and is without prejudice to such acts or positions as may be adopted under the Protocol by the Member States concerned on behalf of and in the interests of those territories.  In accordance with the provision referred to above, this declaration indicates the competence that the Member States have transferred to the Community under the Treaties in matters governed by the Protocol.  The scope and the exercise of such Community competence are, by their nature, subject to continuous development as the Community further adopts relevant rules and regulations, and the Community will complete or amend this declaration, if necessary, in accordance with Article 21 (3) of the Protocol.
       The Community points out that it has competence with regard to the crossing of external borders of the Member States, regulating standards and procedures when carrying out checks on persons at such borders and rules on visas for intended stays of no more than three months.  The Community is also competent for measures on immigration policy regarding conditions of entry and residence and measures to counter illegal immigration and illegal residence, including repatriation of illegal residents.  Moreover, it can take measures to ensure cooperation between the relevant departments of the administrations of the Member States, as well as between those departments and the Commission, in the aforementioned areas.  In these fields the Community has adopted rules and regulations and, where it has done so, it is hence solely for the Community to enter into external undertakings with third States or competent international organisations.
       In addition, Community policy in the sphere of development cooperation complements policies pursued by Member States and includes provisions to prevent and combat smuggling of migrants."

Greece

Reservation:
       “Article 13 of the Protocol Against the Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea and Air, without prejudice to Articles 9A of the Constitution, 19(3) of the Constitution, 8(1) of the European Convention on Human Rights, 436-457 of the Code of Criminal Procedure and 352B of the Criminal Code, as added by Article Second (12) of Law 3625/2007 (Government Gazette 290A), Law 2472/1997, as amended by Articles 8 of Law 2819/2000 (Government Gazette 84A), 10 of Law 3090/2002 (Government Gazette 329A) and Eighth of Law 3625/2007, Law 3471/2006 (Government Gazette 133A) and Presidential Decree 47/2005 (Government Gazette 64A).
       The Greek State makes use of Article 20(3) of the Protocol against the Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea and Air, and declares that it is not bound by para. 2 of this article.”

Indonesia

Declaration:
       "..., the Government of the Republic of Indonesia conveys her declaration on the provision of Article 6 paragraph (2) subparagraph c, Article 9 paragraph (1) subparagraph a, and Article 9 paragraph (2) of the Protocol [which] will have to be implemented in strict compliance with the principles of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of a state;"

Reservation:
       "..., the Government of the Republic of Indonesia conveys her reservation not to be bound by the provision of Article 20 (2) and takes the position that disputes relating to the interpretation and application on the Protocol which have not been settled through the channel provided for in Paragraph (1) of the said Article, may be referred to the International Court of Justice only with the concern of all Parties to the dispute;"

Lao People's Democratic Republic

Reservation:
       "In accordance with paragraph 3, Article 20 of the Protocol Against the Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea and Air, Supplementing the United Nations Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime, the Lao People's Democratic Republic does not consider itself bound by paragraph 2, Article 20 of the present Protocol.  The Lao People's Democratic Republic declares that to refer a dispute relating to interpretation and application of the present Protocol to arbitration or the International Court of Justice, the agreement of all parties concerned in the dispute is necessary."

Lithuania

Reservation:
       "AND WHEREAS, it is provided in paragraph 3 of Article 20 of the Protocol, the Republic of Lithuania would like to declare that it does not consider itself bound by paragraph 2 of Article 20, which provides that any State Party may refer any dispute concerning the interpretation or application of the said Protocol to the International Court of Justice."

Malawi

Declarations:
       "The Government of the Republic of Malawi in its efforts to curb and stamp out offences related to trafficking in persons especially women and children has embarked upon various social and legal reforms to incorporate obligations emanating from this Protocol;
       Further, expressly declares its acceptance of Article 20 (2) on settlement of disputes concerning interpretation and application of this Protocol in consonant with Article 20 (3)."

Myanmar

Reservation:
       "The Government of the Union of Myanmar wishes to express reservation on Article 20 and does not consider itself bound by obligations to refer disputes relating to the interpretation or application of this Protocol to the International Court of Justice."

Republic of Moldova

Reservation and declaration :
       In accordance with paragraph 3 of article 20 of the Protocol, the Republic of Moldova does not consider itself bound by provisions of the paragraph 2 of article 20 of the Protocol.
       Until the full establishment of the territorial integrity of the Republic of Moldova, the provisions of the Protocol will be applied only on the territory controlled by the authorities of the Republic of Moldova.

South Africa

Reservation:
       "AND WHEREAS pending a decision by the Government of the Republic of South Africa on the compulsory jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice, the Government of the Republic does not consider itself bound by the terms of Article 20 (2) of the Protocol which provides for the compulsory jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice in differences arising out of the interpretation or application of the Protocol.  The Republic will adhere to the position that, for the submission of a particular dispute for settlement by the International Court, the consent of all the parties to the dispute is required in every individual case."

Syrian Arab Republic

Reservation:
       The Syrian Arab Republic expresses a reservation about the Protocol against the Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea and Air, article 20, paragraph 2.

Declaration:
       … The Government of the Syrian Arab Republic is not a party to the 1951 Convention and the 1967 Protocol relating to the Status of Refugees referred to in the Protocol against the Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea and Air, article [19], paragraph 1.

Tunisia

Reservation:
       In ratifying the Protocol against the Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea and Air, supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations on 15 November 2000, declares that it does not consider itself bound by article 20, paragraph 2, of the Protocol and affirms that disputes concerning the interpretation or application of the Protocol may be referred to the International Court of Justice only after it has given its prior consent.

United States of America

Reservation:
       "(1) The United States of America criminalizes most but not all forms of attempts to commit the offenses established in accordance with Article 6, paragraph 1 of this Protocol.  With respect to the obligation under Article 6, Paragraph 2 (a), the United States of America reserves the right to criminalize attempts to commit the conduct described in Article 6, paragraph 1 (b), to the extent that under its laws such conduct relates to false or fraudulent passports and other specified identity documents, constitutes fraud or the making of a false statement, or constitutes attempted use of a false or fraudulent visa.
       (2) In accordance with Article 20, paragraph 3, the United States of America declares that it does not consider itself bound by the obligation set forth in Article 20, paragraph 2.".

Understanding:
       "The United States of America understands the obligation to establish the offenses in the Protocol as money laundering predicate offenses, in light of Article 6, paragraph 2 (b) of the United Nations Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime, as requiring States Parties whose money laundering legislation sets forth a list of specific predicate offenses to include in such list a comprehensive range of offenses associated with smuggling of migrants."

Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)

Reservation:
       The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, in accordance with the provision of article 20 (3) of the Protocol against Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea and Air, Supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, formulates a reservation with respect to the provision established under paragraph 2 of the said article. Consequently, it does not consider itself obligated to refer to arbitration as a means of settlement of disputes, nor does it recognize the compulsory jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice.

Notifications made under article 8 (6)
(Unless otherwise indicated, the declarations and reservations were made
upon ratification, acceptance, approval or accession.)
Armenia

26 March 2012


       “… updated data of the national competent authority designated under the United  Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and the Protocols thereto.
       Name of Authority: Police of the Republic of Armenia
       Full postal address: str. Nalbandyan 130
       Yerevan 0025
       Name of service to be contacted: General Department on Combat against Organized Crime
       Name of person to be contacted: Mr. Armen Petrosyan
       Title: Police Major, Head of Division on Combat against Illegal Migration
       Telephone: +374 10 523 749
       Fax: +374 10 564 772
       Email: armpet777@mail.ru
       Office Hours: 09:00 to 18:00
       Lunch breaks: from 13:00 to 14:00
       GMT: +4
       Languages: Russian
       Acceptance of requests through Yes
       INTERPOL:
       Formats and channels accepted: Any, for police purposes only
       Specific procedure in urgent cases: Depends on the case.”
Austria

28 January 2008


       Notification under article 8 (6):
       “FEDERAL MINISTRY OF INTERIOR–Criminal Intelligence Service
       Central Service for Combating Illegal Immigration/Human Trafficking
       BUNDESMINISTERIUM FÜR INNERES–Bundeskriminalamt
       Zentralstelle Bekämpfung Schlepperkriminalität/Menschenhandel
       Josef Holaubek Platz 1
       A-1090 Vienna, Austria
       Tel.: +43-1-24836-85383
       Fax: +43-1-24836-85394
       E-Mail: BMI-II-BK-3-6@bmi.gv.at.”
       7 February 2008
       “FEDERAL MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT, INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY
       Supreme Navigation Authority, Dept. IV/W1
       BUNDESMINISTERIUM FÜR VERKEHR, INNOVATION UND TECHNOLOGIE
       Oberste Schifffahrtsbehörde, Abt. IV/W1
       Radetzkystrasse 2
       A-1030 Vienna, Austria
       Tel.: +43-1-71162-5900
       Fax: +43-1-71162-5999
       E-Mail: w1@bmvit.gv.at”
Azerbaijan
       "In accordance with paragraph 6 of Article 8 of the Protocol, the Republic of Azerbaijan declares that the Ministry of Transport is designated as an authority to receive and respond to requests for assistance, for conformation of registry or of the right of a vessel to fly its flag and for authorization to take appropriate measures."

Belgium
       In accordance with article 8, paragraph 6 of the supplementary Protocol, the Federal Department of the Interior, rue de Louvain 3, 1000 Brussels (for the coastline, the Maritime coordination and rescue centre) has been designated as the authority.

Czech Republic
       "Without prejudice to Article 18 of the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and the notification of the Czech Republic made in accordance with Article 18, paragraph 13 thereof, the Czech Republic notifies, in accordance with Article 8, paragraph 6 of the Protocol against the Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea and Air, supplementing the United Nations Convention  against Transnational Organized Crime, the Police Presidium of the Czech Republic, International Police Cooperation Division as the authority responsible for receiving requests for assistance, for confirmation of registry or of the right of a vessel to fly its flag and for authorization to take appropriate measures and to respond thereto.
       Contact details:
       Police Presidium of the Czech Republic
       International Police Cooperation Division
       P.O. BOX 62/MPS
       Strojnickà 27
       170 89 Praha 7
       Czech Republic
       Telephone number : +420 974 834 380
       Fax number: +420 974 834 716, +420 974 834 718
       Email address: interpol@mvcr.cz
       24-hour service
       Working languages in order of preference: Czech, English, French"
Denmark
       "Authorization granted by a Danish authority pursuant to Article 8 denotes only that Denmark will abstain from pleading infringement of Danish sovereignty in connection with the requesting State's boarding of a vessel.  Danish authorities cannot authorize another state to take legal action on behalf of the Kingdom of Denmark."

Finland
       "In Finland the authorities responsible for suppressing the use of vessels for smuggling of migrants by sea are the Border Guard and the National Bureau of Investigation.  The authority responsible for responding to a request concerning confirmation of registry or the right of a vessel to fly the flag is the Finnish Maritime Administration."

Germany
       Germany designates the
       Bundesamt für Seeschiffahrt und Hydrographie
       [Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency]
       Bernhard-Nocht-Str. 78
       D-20359 Hamburg
       Tel. :+49 (0) 40-31900
       Fax: +49 (0) 40-31905000
       as the responsible authority under Article 8, paragraph 6 of the Protocol.

Guatemala

2 July 2007


Notification under article 8 (6) of the Protocol:
       In accordance with article 8, paragraph 6 of the Protocol, the Government of the Republic of Guatemala has designated the judiciary and the Public Prosecutor’s Office as the central authorities for the receipt of requests for mutual legal assistance, with the power either to execute them or to transmit them to the competent authorities for execution.
       In addition to the central authorities referred to above, the Government of the Republic of Guatemala has designated the Ministry of Defence, through the Navy, as the authority to receive and respond to requests for assistance, for confirmation of registry or of the right of a vessel to fly the Guatemalan flag and for authorization to take appropriate measures.

Iraq
       “ ... pursuant to article 8 (6) of the Protocol against the Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea and Air, supplementing the United Nations Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime, the Iraqi authority to receive and respond to requests for assistance, for confirmation of registry or of the right of a vessel to fly its flag and for authorization to take appropriate measures is the Iraqi Ministry of Transportation in cooperation with the competent Iraqi security authorities.”

24 May 2010


       … in order to carry out [the] Republic of Iraq commitments under the Convention, the relevant Iraqi authorities have designated the Ministry of the Interior of Iraq as the central authority with responsibility and power to receive requests for mutual legal assistance and to take action in accordance with articles 16 and 17 of the Convention and Article 8 of the Protocol against the Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea and Air.
Italy

17 February 2009


       “…..the Italian Ministry of Infrastructures and Transportations has designated the “Comando Generale del Corpo delle Capitanerie di Porto” (Port Authority Headquarters) as the competent authority to receive and respond to requests for assistance, confirmation of registry or the right of a vessel to fly its flag, and authorization to take appropriate measures.”
       Furthermore, on 17 March 2009, the Permanent Mission of Italy to the United Nations informed the Secretary-General of the following:
       "... a correction has been made to the English translation of the “Comando Generale del Corpo delle Capitanerie di Porto” from “Port Authority Headquarters” to “Italian Coast Guard Headquarters”as the competent authority to receive and respond to requests for assistance, confirmation of registry or the right of a vessel to fly its flag, and authorization to take appropriate measures.”

Latvia
       “In accordance with article 8, paragraph 6 of the Protocol against Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea and Air, Supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, the Republic of Latvia designates the following national authorities to receive and respond to requests for assistance, for confirmation of registry or of the right of a vessel to fly its flag and for authorization to take appropriate measures:"

31 August 2010


       "Ministry of Interior
       Address:
       Cierkurkalna 1st line 1, K-2
       Riga, LV-1026
       Latvia
       Phone: +371 67219263
       Fax: +371 67829686
       E-mail: kanceleja@iem.gov.lv
       Website: http://www.iem.gov.lv
Liechtenstein

22 October 2013


       National Police
       Crime Investigation Division
       Gewerbeweg 4
       P.O. Box 684
       9490 Vaduz
       Principality of Liechtenstein
       Phone: +423 236 79 79 (24 hours)
       Fax: +423 236 79 70
       E-Mail: kripo@landespolizei.li, ipk.lp@llv.li
       Languages: German, English
       Office hours: 08:30 - 16:30
       GMT: +1
       Request by Interpol: yes
Malawi
       "The Competent Authority charged with the responsibility of coordinating and the rendering of mutual legal assistance is:
       The Principal Secretary
       Ministry of Home Affairs and Internal Security
       Private Bag 331, Lilongwe 3. MALAWI
       Fax: 265 1 789509 Tel: 265 1 789 177
       The Official Language of communication is English."

Netherlands

18 January 2007


       “The central authority of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, for the Kingdom in Europe is:
       Ministry of Justice
       Department of International Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters
       P.O. Box 20301
       2500, EH The Hague
       The Netherlands”

Panama

13 December 2004


       ..... in accordance with article 8 (6), the Republic of Panama has designated the Maritime Authority of Panama as the authority to receive and respond to requests for assistance and for confirmation of registry or of the right of a vessel to fly its flag.

Republic of Moldova
       In accordance with paragraph 6 of article 8 of the Protocol, the Ministry of Transportation and Communication is designated as a central authority responsible for receiving the requests of legal assistance referred to in this article.

Romania
       “In accordance with Article 8 paragraph 6 of the supplementing Protocol against the Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea and Air, the Romanian central authority designated to receive the requests for assistance is the Ministry of Public Works, Transports and Housing (Blvd. Dinicu Golescu nr. 38, sector 1 Bucuresti, tel. 223 29 81/fax,223 0272).”

Serbia

20 April 2009


       “The Permanent Mission of the Republic of Serbia to the OSCE and other International Organizations in Vienna ... has the honour to notify of the Serbian competent authority for the implementation of the Article 8 (Measures Against Smuggling of Migrants by Sea) of the Protocol ...
       The requests shall be addressed to:
       Name of Authority: Ministry of Infrastructure of the Republic of Serbia
       Ministry of Infrastructure,
       Full postal address: 22-26 Nemanjina Street, 11000 Belgrade, Republic of Serbia
       Name of Service to be contacted: Department for Water Traffic and Navigation Safety
       Name of Person to be contacted: Mr. Veljko Kovacevic, Department for Water Traffic and Navigation Safety
       Telephone: +381 11 202 90 10
       Fax: +381 11 202 00 01
       E-mail: vkpomorstvo@mi.gov.rs
       Office hours: from 08:30 to 16:30
       Time zone: GMT 1
       Languages English.”
South Africa
       "AND WHEREAS the Secretary-General is hereby notified, in accordance with Article 8 (6) of the Protocol, that the Director-General of the Department of Transport has been designated as the authority to receive and respond to requests for assistance in terms of the Protocol."

St. Vincent and the Grenadines
       “Pursuant to article 8(6), the Government of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines would like to notify the Secretary-General of the following:
       Designation of Authority:
       Mr. Keith Miller
       Commissioner of Police
       Point of Contact for the Designation of the Authority
       Attention: Commissioner of Police
       c/o Coast Guard Base
       Calliaqua
       P.O.Box 3020
       Kingstown
       Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
       Tel: +1784 457 4578/4554
       Fax: +1784 457 4586
       Email: sygcoguard@vincysurf.com”
Sweden
       "Pursuant to Article 8 (6) of the Protocol against the Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea and Air, supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, Sweden designates the Ministry of Justice, as central authority to receive and respond to requests for assistance referred to in this article.
       Furthermore, the Swedish Coast Guard is a designated authority to respond to requests of the right of a vessel to fly a Swedish flag.  Such requests should be addressed to:
       NCC (National Contact Centre) Sweden at Coast Guard HQ
       P.O.Box 536
       S-371 23 KARLSKRONA
       Sweden
       Phone: + 46 455 35 35 35 (24 hours)
       Fax: + 46 455 812 75 (24 hours)
       E-mail:ncc.sweden@coastguard.se (24 hours)."

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

10 April 2006


       "The United Kingdom has the honour to designate the Director of Detection at Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs as the authority for the purposes of paragraph 6 of article 8 of the above-mentioned Protocol.  Communications should be addressed as follows:
       Director of Detection
       Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs
       Customs House
       20 Lower Thames Street
       London EC3R 6EE
       Tel No:   +44 (0) 870 785 3841 (office hours)
       +44 (0) 870 785 3600 (24 hours)
       Fax No:   +44 (0) 870 240 3738 (24 hours)
       (Office house 08:00 - 18:00 GMT:0:language English)
       * Please note that requests in languages other than English must be accompanied by a translation in English.  Please provide a name; telephone number; fax number; status and requesting authority.  Please also provide details of the name of port; registry type; description of vessel; vessel port; last port of call; intended destination; persons on board; nationality (ies); details of reasons for suspicion and intended action."

United Republic of Tanzania

23 June 2006


       ".....the notification of the designation of the necessary authority or authorities to receive and respond to request for assistance, for confirmation of registry or of the right of a vessel to fly its flag and for authorization to take appropriate measures under article 8 (6) of the Protocol:
       Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation P.O. Box 9000
       Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

United States of America
       "Pursuant to Article 8, paragraph 6 of the Protocol against the Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea and Air, supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, I request that you notify the other States concerned with the Protocol that the Operations Center, U.S. Department of State, is designated as the United States authority to receive and respond to requests made under the above-referenced provision of the Protocol."

End Note
1.With a territorial exclusion in respect of the Faroe Islands and Greenland.
2.See note 1 under "Montenegro" in the "Historical Information" section in the front matter of this volume.
3.For the Kingdom in Europe.

Further, on 18 January 2007, the Kingom of the Netherlands informed the Secretary-General that the Protocol would apply to Aruba with the following :

In accordance with article 8, paragraph 6, of the Convention the central authority of Aruba is:

The Procurator-General of Aruba

Havenstraat 2,

Oranjestad

Aruba

Tel: (297) 582 1415

Fax: (297) 583 8891

om.aruba@setarnet.aw

Following a modification of the internal constitutional relations within the Kingdom of the Netherlands (see note 2 under “Netherlands” in Historical Information), effective 10 October 2010, the Protocol applies to the Caribbean part of the Netherlands (Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba).

4.With the following territorial exclusion:

".....consistent with the constitutional status of Tokelau and taking into account the commitment of the Government of New Zealand to the development of self-government for Tokelau through an act of self-determination under the Charter of the United Nations, this ratification shall not extend to Tokelau unless and until a Declaration to this effect is lodged by the Government of New Zealand with the Depositary on the basis of appropriate consultation with that territory....."