The US and Chinese navies conducted their first joint anti-piracy drill in September 2012.
- Mobilization of all affected sectors of the maritime community
- Developing public-private partnerships that promote long-term solutions at sea and ashore
- Global and sustainable deterrence based on the rule of law
During the 11th Plenary Meeting of the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia, the CGPCS discussed and emphasized how important the gathering of the international community is for Somalia's stabilization to eliminate piracy.
The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and DP World will convene the second public-private international counter piracy conference in Dubai on June 27-28.
Eleven Somali men who attacked an Italian oil tanker in January were each jailed for three and a half years after a Rome court convicted them of piracy and attempted kidnapping.
A US federal judge has refused to dismiss murder charges against three Somalis accused of pirating a yacht and killing four Americans on board, ruling the US can prosecute the slayings because they happened in international waters outside Somalia's control.
At a UN Security Council debate on maritime piracy, the United Nations called for stronger prosecutions of pirates.
Hundreds of suspected pirates arrested by the Royal Navy off the coast of East Africa have been immediately set free.
The Indian government introduced a Piracy Bill to Parliament in April 2012.
The Philippines welcomed the United Nations assistance program offering support for victims of piracy attacks.
The Puntland Maritime Police Force (PMPF) clashed with pirates near a coastal town in Puntland after attempting to rescue the hostages of the MV Iceberg I.
The International Maritime Bureau (IMB) said that global piracy has fallen by almost a third in the first quarter of the year, while attacks in west African waters are intensifying and Somali piracy is beoming more violent.
Ravinder Singh, who was held hostage by Somali pirates onboard the MV Suez, recounts living under constant threat of death, beatings, torture and starvation.
In the wake of electing new leadership, Somalia works hard to build stability.
Somali leaders convened in Garowe for a UN-sponsored constitutional conference in Garowe town, the capital of Puntland.
The roadmap to end Somalia's Transitional Federal Government in August 2012 is facing numerous challenges.
The International Organisation for Standards’ formal audit process for private maritime security companies will begin in early spring.
According to International Registries, Inc., the company that manages the third-largest vessel registry, navies and private armed guards protecting merchant ships against piracy should be governed by a global convention setting legal parameters for using lethal force and making arrests.
In March, BIMCO announced the publication of the GUARDCON standard contract for the employment of security guards on vessels.
Kenya's Court of Appeal says the country's courts have jurisdiction to try Somali pirates caught on international waters.
Somali pirates captured at sea and prosecuted in other countries are now being transferred to a new prison in Hargeisa. The United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime is paying for the transport and the prison facility.
The European Union announced plans to begin a program to help East African nations improve maritime security as pirate attacks in the region decline.
As the numbers of successful pirate attacks decreases, many are calling the threat from piracy over.
The Commander of Europe's Counter Piracy operations says he fears tactical success against Somali pirates could lead to less support for the Task Force in the future.
In late March, the European Union agreed to expand its anti-piracy mission to include land-based targets in Somalia.
The European Foreign Affairs Council has agreed to extend the mandate of the EU naval operation to countering piracy European Naval Force Somalia - Operation ATALANTA (EU NAVFOR - ATALANTA) until December 2014.
The Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia met at United Nations Headquarters in New York on March 29, 2012 and welcomed future steps towards the development of counter-piracy messaging guidelines, amongst other items.
A Counter-Piracy Messaging and Communications Workshop organized by Oceans Beyond Piracy with the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office and the US Department of State examined how counter-piracy messaging in Somalia and to the international community both work, separately and together.
The UK Foreign Commonwealth Office and OBP each contributed funds towards a UNODC counter-piracy media and advocacy campaign in Somalia.
A guide to broadcasting and communications channels within Somalia.
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