ICTA helps fast-track Sri Lanka’s entry to Budapest Cybercrime Convention

 The Foreign Affairs Ministry, together with the ICT Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA), has fast-tracked Sri Lanka’s entry into the Council of Europe (CoE) Cybercrime Convention, aka the Budapest Convention.

This is a significant policy breakthrough for Sri Lanka because the country was invited to join the Convention in February and the domestic process towards Sri Lanka’s Accession was completed in less than three months.

As a result, Sri Lanka has overtaken Philippines, Costa Rica, Argentina, Mexico, South Africa and several others in the process towards joining the Budapest Cybercrime Convention. Sri Lanka also becomes the first Country in South Asia to join the Cybercrime Convention, which is the only International Treaty on the subject of Cybercrime globally.

ICTA’s Programme Director/Legal Advisor, Jayantha Fernando, confirmed that the Foreign Affairs Ministry had finalised the Instrument of Accession to join the Budapest Convention and transmitted it to the CoE. "As per Article 36 of the Convention it will enter into force on the first day of the month following the expiration of a period of three months after the date of the expression of State’s consent to be bound by the provisions of the Convention".

"Usually, a country would take several years to accede to this Convention. Countries like Philippines, Argentina, Costa Rica etc. were invited long before Sri Lanka. However, Sri Lanka was able to fast-track accession because we had the required domestic legislation in place. The primary legislation is the Computer Crimes Act No. 24 of 2007", he noted.


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