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The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (Immunities and Privileges) Order 2001

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13.—(1) Except in so far as in any particular case any privilege or immunity is waived by the Member which they represent, representatives of Members at the meetings of the Organisation shall enjoy, while exercising their functions and in the course of their journeys to and from the place of meeting:—

(a)the like immunity from personal arrest or detention and from seizure of their personal baggage as is accorded to a diplomatic agent;

(b)immunity from suit and legal process, even after the termination of their mission, in respect of acts, including words spoken or written, performed by them in their official capacity; and

(c)the like inviolability for all papers, documents and official material as is accorded to a diplomatic agent.

(2) Where the incidence of any form of taxation depends upon residence, a representative shall not be deemed to be resident in the United Kingdom during any period when he is present in the United Kingdom for the discharge of his duties.

(3) Part IV of Schedule 1 to the Act shall not operate so as to confer any privilege or immunity on the official staff of representatives, other than alternates, advisers, technical experts and secretaries of their delegations.

(4) Neither the provisions of the preceding paragraphs of this Article nor Part IV of Schedule 1 to the Act shall operate so as to confer any privilege or immunity on any person as the representative, alternate, technical adviser or secretary of the delegation of the United Kingdom or on any person who is a British citizen, a British Dependent Territories citizen, a British Overseas citizen, or a British National (Overseas).

(5) Part IV of Schedule 1 to the Act shall not operate so as to confer any privilege or immunity on families of representatives of Members.

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