Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations

  • It is a treaty that came into force in 1964
  • It lays out the rules and regulations for diplomatic relations between countries as well as the various privileges that diplomats and diplomatic missions enjoy.
  • One of these privileges is legal immunity for diplomats so that they don’t have to face prosecution as per their host country’s laws.
Why in news?
  • Indian security agencies recently arrested a Pakistani High Commission staffer on allegations of espionage. The charges are that he was found to be in possession of defence-related documents. Soon after the arrest, however, he was released, declared persona non grata, and informed that he must leave India within 48 hours
  • Pakistan has accused India of violating the international convention for protection of diplomats 

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