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UK House of Commons Report: “Piracy off the coast of Somalia” January 7, 2012

Posted by Chris Mark in Laws and Leglslation, Piracy & Maritime Security.
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The UK’s House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee (FAC) published a report this week titled “Piracy off the coast of Somalia”.  You can read the report here. The 72-page report set out the findings of the FAC enquiry into the efforts of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and the UK Government to combat the increasing levels of piracy off Somalia.

Tackling the use PASGs, the report concluded that “the evidence in support of the use of armed guards is compelling” (emphasis added) but that the “Government must provide clearer direction on what is permissible and what is not”.

The report also said that the risk to pirates of encountering serious consequences is still too low to outweigh the lucrative rewards, and simply returning suspected pirates to their boats or their land provides little long-term deterrence.

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