Terrorism > Convention on hostages: Countries Compared

DEFINITION: Date of adoption of the United Nations International Convention Against the Taking of Hostages, adopted by the General Assembly on 17 December 1979.
Barbados 9 March 1981(a)
Belarus 1 July 1987(a)
Belgium 16 April 1999(R)
Belize 14 November 2001(a)
Bhutan 31 August 1981(a)
Bolivia 7 January 2002(R)
Botswana 8 September 2000(a)
Brazil 8 March 2000(a)
Bulgaria 10 March 1988(a)
Cameroon 9 March 1988(a)
Canada 4 December 1985(R)
Cape Verde 10 September 2002(a)
Chile 12 November 1981(R)
China 26 January 1993(a)
Costa Rica 24 January 2003(a)
Cuba 15 November 2001(a)
Cyprus 13 September 1991(a)
Czech Republic 22 February 1993(d)
Denmark 11 August 1987(a)
Dominica 9 September 1986(a)
Dominican Republic 12 August 1980(S)
Ecuador 2 May 1988(a)
Egypt 2 October 1981(R)
El Salvador 12 February 1981(R)
Equatorial Guinea 7 February 2003(a)
Estonia 8 March 2002(a)
Finland 14 April 1983(R)
France 9 June 2000(a)
Gabon 29 February 1980(S)
Germany 15 December 1980(R)
Ghana 10 November 1987(a)
Greece 18 June 1987(R)
Grenada 10 December 1990(a)
Guatemala 11 March 1983(R)
Haiti 17 May 1989(R)
Honduras 1 June 1981(R)
Hungary 2 September 1987(a)
Iceland 6 July 1981(a)
India 7 September 1994(a)
Iraq 14 October 1980(S)
Israel 19 November 1980(S)
Italy 20 March 1986(R)
Jamaica 27 February 1980(S)
Japan 8 June 1987(R)
Jordan 19 February 1986(a)
Kazakhstan 21 February 1996(a)
Kenya 8 December 1981(a)
Kuwait 6 February 1989(a)
Latvia 14 November 2002(a)
Lebanon 4 December 1997(a)
Lesotho 5 November 1980(R)
Liberia 30 January 1980(S)
Liechtenstein 28 November 1994(a)
Lithuania 2 February 2001(a)
Malawi 17 March 1986(a)
Mali 8 February 1990(a)
Malta 11 November 2001(a)
Marshall Islands 27 January 2003(a)
Mauritania 13 March 1998(a)
Mauritius 17 October 1980(R)
Mexico 28 April 1987(a)
Moldova 10 October 2002(a)
Monaco 16 October 2001(a)
Mongolia 9 June 1992(a)
Mozambique 14 January 2003(a)
Nepal 9 March 1990(a)
Netherlands 6 December 1988(R)
New Zealand 12 November 1985(R)
Norway 2 July 1981(R)
Oman 22 July 1988(a)
Pakistan 8 September 2000(a)
Palau 14 November 2001(a)
Panama 19 August 1982(R)
Peru 6 July 2001(a)
Philippines 14 October 1980(R)
Poland 25 May 2000(a)
Portugal 6 July 1984(R)
Romania 17 May 1990(a)
Russia 11 June 1987(a)
Rwanda 13 May 2002(a)
Saint Kitts and Nevis 17 January 1991(a)
Saudi Arabia 8 January 1991(a)
Senegal 10 March 1987(R)
Slovakia 28 May 1993(d)
Slovenia 6 July 1992(d)
South Korea 4 May 1983(a)
Spain 26 March 1984(a)
Sri Lanka 8 September 2000(a)
Sudan 19 June 1990(a)
Suriname 5 November 1981(R)
Sweden 15 January 1981(R)
Switzerland 5 March 1985(R)
Tajikistan 6 May 2002(a)
Tanzania 22 January 2003(a)
Togo 25 July 1986(R)
Tonga 9 December 2002(a)
Trinidad and Tobago 1 April 1981(a)
Tunisia 18 June 1997(a)
Turkey 15 August 1989(a)
Turkmenistan 25 June 1999(a)
Uganda 10 November 1980(S)
Ukraine 19 June 1987(a)
United States 7 December 1984(R)
Uzbekistan 19 January 1998(a)
Venezuela 13 December 1988(a)
Yemen 12 March 2001(d)


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