Russia's lower house of parliament ratifies SCO counter-extremism convention
MOSCOW, July 17 (RAPSI) – The State Duma ratified the Shanghai Cooperation Organization’s (SCO) Convention for Countering Extremism during its plenary session on Wednesday, according to the information published on the website of the parliament’s lower house.
The convention was signed in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, on July 9, 2017. A bill to ratify it has been submitted to the State Duma by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The document creates a legal base for effective cooperation between members of the convention to fight against extremist ideology and activity.
Moreover, the agreement sets basic principles of cooperation in combating extremism, anti-extremism measures developed and taken on the national level.
The convention also determines a list of extremist acts including funding of extremism which may result in criminal punishment in countries ratified the document. It regulates extradition of extremism convicts and law enforcement mutual assistant on the matter as well.