The Beijing Convention of 2010

The Beijing Convention serves international civil aviation well by requiring parties to criminalize a
number of new and emerging threats to the safety of civil aviation, including using aircraft as a weapon
and organizing, directing, and fi nancing acts of terrorism. These new treaties refl ect the international
community’s shared effort to prevent acts of terrorism against civil aviation and to prosecute and punish
those who would commit them. The treaties promote cooperation between States while emphasizing the
human rights and fair treatment of terrorist suspects. The Beijing Convention also obligates States to
criminalize the transport of biological, chemical, and nuclear (BCN) weapons and related material.

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