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Feature Article by Stephen Lendman
First of 5 Iranian Tankers Docks in Venezuela Without Incident
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)
First some facts about international maritime law.
No nation may interfere in the right of other states to engage in international trade.
No nation may enact legislation, regulations, or take other actions that contravene international agreements, treaties, or a body of customs that comprise the UN Convention on Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).
High seas interdiction of nonthreatening vessels is what piracy is all about. UNCLOS defines it as follows:
"(a) any illegal acts of violence or detention, or any act of depredation, committed for private ends by the crew or the passengers of a private ship or a private aircraft, and directed:
(i) on the high seas, against another ship or aircraft, or against persons or property on board such ship or aircraft;
(ii) against a ship, aircraft, persons or property in a pl
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