Discussion of the Offense of Hostage Taking
Section 1203 of Title 18 is intended to implement the International
Convention Against the Taking of Hostages. See International Legal
Materials, Vol. XVIII, No. 6, November 1979, at 1456-1463. 18 U.S.C.
became effective on January 6, 1985, when the United States became a party
Convention after having deposited its instrument of ratification of the
Convention with the United Nations on December 7, 1984.|
[cited in USAM 9-60.700]