Sri Lanka joins Budapest Convention on Cybercrime


Sep 02, 2015 (LBO) – Sri Lanka has become a fully fledged member of the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime from this month, Council of Europe Treaty Office said.

Sri Lanka is the first country in South Asia, and only the second in Asia after Japan, to join this Convention.

The country ratified the convention on 29 May 2015 and entered into force from 01 September 2015.

As of July 2015, the non–Council of Europe states that have ratified the treaty are Australia, Canada, Dominican Republic, Japan, Mauritius, Panama, Sri Lanka, and the United States.

The Budapest Convention is the first international treaty seeking to address internet and computer crime by harmonizing national laws, improving investigative techniques, and increasing cooperation among nations.

“Sri Lanka’s accession to the Convention was the fastest by any country, not least because of its earlier groundwork on international cooperation against cyber-crime.” Deputy High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and the Maldives Laura Davies said.

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