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Kuwait calls for greater global cooperation against organised crime
June 8, 2016, 7:58 am

Exchanging legal assistance, extraditing wanted persons will boost drive to tackle crime

Kuwait has reiterated its support for implementing items and relevant protocols of the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organised Crime.

In a speech before the second session of the government team tasked with reviewing the implementation of the convention, Kuwaiti Embassy’s Second Secretary to Austria Nawaf Ahmad Al Rajaib affirmed the necessity of finding an effective and a consensus mechanism to review the implementation of the convention through backing cooperation among member states and sharing information as well as contributing to enhancing national legislations, Kuwait News Agency (kuna) reported.

Al Rejaib said that Kuwait signed the convention and its three protocols, considering them a legal base for international cooperation.

Kuwait has been paying much attention to achieve the goals and meet the requirements of the convention based on promoting international cooperation, exchanging legal assistance or extraditing wanted persons through enacting required laws and legislations, he added.

The Kuwaiti diplomat urged all participating delegations to maintain the convention as a starting point towards finding a consensus mechanism to be approved in the conference of the state parties to the convention scheduled to be held in October.

The United Nations Convention against Transnational Organised Crime, adopted by a General Assembly resolution in November 2000, is the main international instrument in the fight against transnational organised crime.

The Convention is further supplemented by three Protocols, that target specific areas and manifestations of organised crime: the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children; the Protocol against the Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea and Air; and the Protocol against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, their Parts and Components and Ammunition.

Countries must become parties to the Convention itself before they can become parties to any of the Protocols.

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