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Grenada has dedicated counterterrorism legislation from 2012 in which terrorism is relatively narrowly defined. There is, however, no carve-out for the exercise of fundamental human rights. 

Compliance with International Law:
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The Definition of Terrorism in Domestic Law

Grenada's 2012 Terrorism Act defines "terrorism" as the use or threat of action is designed to influence the government or to intimidate the public or a section of the public where it is made for the purpose of advancing a political, religious, or ideological cause.S. 2, 2012 Terrorism Act.The predicate offences involve any of the following:

  • serious violence against a person 
  • serious damage to property
  • endangering a person’s life, other than that of the person committing the action 
  • creating a serious risk to the health or safety of the public or a section of the public, or 
  • is designed seriously to interfere with or seriously to disrupt an electronic system.S. 2, 2012 Terrorism Act. 

The use or threat of action which involves the use of firearms or explosives is terrorism whether or not it is designed to influence the government or to intimidate the public or a section of the public.

Action includes action outside Grenada.S. 2, 2012 Terrorism Act.

Adherence to Global and Regional Terrorism Treaties


Grenada is a State Party to most of the main United Nations treaties on terrorism.


Adherence to Global Terrorism Treaties
Treaty Adherence
1973 Convention on Crimes against Internationally Protected Persons State Party
1979 Hostage-Taking Convention State Party
1997 Terrorist Bombings Convention State Party
1999 Terrorist Financing Convention State Party
2005 Nuclear Terrorism Convention State not party


Grenada is also a State Party to the main regional treaty on terrorism.


Adherence to Regional Terrorism Treaties
Treaty Adherence
2002 Inter-American Convention against Terrorism State Party

Laws and Penalties for Terrorist Offences

Grenada's 2012 Act stipulates that a person who commits an act of terrorism commits an offence and is liable on conviction on indictment to imprisonment for life.S. 3(1), 2012 Terrorism Act.

Counterterrorism Capacities and Policies at Domestic Level

Grenada does not have a dedicated counterterrorism unit in its police force. The Special Services Unit (SSU) is the Paramilitary Unit of the Royal Grenada Police Force, which was established in April 1985. 


Grenada 2012 Terrorism Act