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The purpose of the Additional Protocol to the Council of Europe Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism is to supplement the provisions of the Convention, opened for signature in Warsaw on 16 May 2005, as regards the criminalisation of the acts described in Articles 2 to 6 of the Protocol, thereby enhancing the efforts of Parties in preventing terrorism and its negative effects on the full enjoyment of human rights, in particular the right to life, both by measures to be taken at national level and through international co-operation, with due regard to the existing applicable multilateral or bilateral treaties or agreements between the Parties.
The Additional Protocol has been adopted by the Committee of Ministers at its 125th Session, on 19 May 2015. It will be opened for signature in Riga (Latvia), on 22 October 2015.
More information on the website of the Committee of Experts on Terrorism (CODEXTER).
The Convention calls on governments to establish as a criminal offence the illegal removal of human organs from living or deceased donors:
where the removal is performed without the free, informed and specific consent of the living or deceased donor, or, in the case of the deceased donor, without the removal being authorised under its domestic law;
The Convention also provides protection measures and compensation for victims as well as prevention measures to ensure transparency and equitable access to transplantation services.
Due to its worldwide scope, the Convention will be open for signature by member States and non-member States of the Council of Europe.
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