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Paraguay has adopted specific counterterrorism laws. There is 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

The 2013 Law on Terrorism has a broad definition of terrorism, as follows:

Any person who, in order to instill or cause terror, compels or coerces to perform an act or refrain from doing so, to:

1. the Paraguayan population or that of a foreign country;

2. constitutional bodies or their members in the exercise of their functions; or,

3. an international organization or its representatives,

[commits one of the following offences punished in the Criminal Code]

- genocide, homicide and serious injuries

- crimes against freedom

- crimes against the natural foundations of human life

- punishable acts against the safety of people against collective risks

- crimes against the safety of people in transit

- crimes against the operation of irreplaceable facilities; or,

- sabotage.Art. 1, 2013 Law on Terrorism.

Adherence to Global and Regional Terrorism Treaties


Paraguay is a State Party to all 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 Party


Paraguay 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

The penalty for the commission of a terrorist offence is imprisonment for between ten and thirty years.Art. 1, Law 4024 on Terrorism.The provisions on terrorist financing were strengthened in 2019. 

Counterterrorism Capacities and Policies at Domestic Level

The National Police of Paraguay is the country's principal law enforcement agency, operating under the Ministry of Internal Affairs.


Ley 4024 (2013) on Terrorism (original version)

Ley 6408 (2019) on Terrorist Financing (original version)