International involvement

The effects of maritime piracy are felt all around the world. INTERPOL is one of many international and regional organizations working together on various projects to combat and break up the pirate networks and shut down their operations.

  • Eurojust and Joint Investigation Team to Combat Maritime Piracy: INTERPOL is working with Eurojust and Europol to develop a global law enforcement and prosecution strategy to combat maritime piracy.
  • Formal cooperation agreements with naval forces:  INTERPOL and naval forces involved in maritime piracy, notably the Netherlands and Denmark, are exploring an information-sharing model that would give the navies access to the INTERPOL fingerprints database. This would allow for searches of fingerprints taken from pirates immediately after capture. INTERPOL has established this type of information-sharing platform with NATO and the EU Naval Force Somalia (EU NAVFOR).
  • Joint Somali and INTERPOL initiative:  As part of an effort to identify Somali pirates captured by navies and prosecuted in foreign jurisdictions, the INTERPOL and Somali anti-piracy task forces are developing a plan to improve diplomatic relations between affected countries. 
  • The Somalia Maritime Security Bill of 2011:  At the request of the Somalia Maritime Piracy Task Force, INTERPOL reviewed and provided comments to improve the legislation.
  • UN-supported projects
    • Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia:  This group facilitates discussion and coordination of action among states and organizations fighting piracy off the coast of Somalia. INTERPOL participates in working groups on operations, legal issues, private industry inclusion and piracy financing.
    • UN Sub-Working Group on Maritime Piracy:  Comprises 16 entities, including the International Maritime Organization, INTERPOL, UN Office of Drugs and Crime and the Monitoring Group on Somalia. The aim of the group is to share information, exchange ideas and ensure collaboration on the issue of counter-piracy.
    • Shared Awareness and Deconfliction (SHADE) initiative: This group brings together INTERPOL, the European Union, NATO, Combined Maritime Forces and several countries to coordinate military efforts against piracy.
    • Kampala Process: The group facilitates political dialogue and collaboration in the fight against piracy among international groups including INTERPOL, the UN and the EU.
    • Djibouti Code of Conduct: An agreement among East African countries on how to coordinate their responses to maritime piracy.
23 May 2016

INTERPOL and UNODC forge closer ties in combating transnational crime

26 June 2015

Police cooperation focus of visit by Gabon Minister of Interior to INTERPOL

20 June 2015

Effective response to global security challenges focus of Norway visit by INTERPOL Chief

02 February 2015

INTERPOL Basic Training on Maritime Security held in Malaysia

16 December 2014

INTERPOL holds training on digital forensics for maritime piracy investigations

01 September 2014

INTERPOL Chief discusses regional security needs during Eritrea visit

20 August 2014

INTERPOL workshop in Kuala Lumpur marks launch of regional counter-terrorism programme

11 August 2014

INTERPOL Chief’s visit to Marshall Islands highlights country’s role in regional security

08 July 2014

FBI-INTERPOL symposium to enhance global preparedness in securing critical infrastructure

08 June 2014

Fight against terrorism and piracy focus of INTERPOL Chief meeting with Yemeni President

21 May 2014

EU and INTERPOL: combating transnational organized crime at sea

21 March 2014

INTERPOL anti-piracy meeting reviews key evidence against network leaders

14 February 2014

Boosting law enforcement cooperation focus of INTERPOL Chief’s visit to Liberia

11 February 2014

President of Guinea discusses security needs with INTERPOL Chief

10 February 2014

Togo role in fighting wildlife and transnational crime focus of INTERPOL Chief visit

18 January 2014

Visit by Zanzibar police commissioner to INTERPOL focuses on boosting regional security