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UAE ratifies anti-transnational organised crime document

posted on 10/05/2007: 953 views


The United Arab Emirates has ratified the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime. The Foreign Minister, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, signed the document which was deposited Monday with the UN Secretary General in New York by the UAE permanent representative to the world body, ambassador Abdul Aziz Al Shamsi.



The Convention, adopted by General Assembly resolution 55/25 of 15 November 2000, is the main international instrument in the fight against transnational organized crime. It opened for signature by Member States at a High-level Political Conference convened for that purpose in Palermo, Italy, on 12-15 December 2000 and entered into force on 29 September 2003 The Convention is further supplemented by three Protocols, which target specific areas and manifestations of organized 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.



The Convention represents a major step forward in the fight against transnational organized crime and signifies the recognition by Member States of the seriousness of the problems posed by it, as well as the need to foster and enhance close international cooperation in order to tackle those problems.



States that ratify this instrument commit themselves to taking a series of measures against transnational organized crime, including the creation of domestic criminal offences (participation in an organized criminal group, money laundering, corruption and obstruction of justice), the adoption of new and sweeping frameworks for extradition, mutual legal assistance and law enforcement cooperation, and the promotion of training and technical assistance for building or upgrading the necessary capacity of national authorities. (Emirates News Agency, WAM)

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