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International Cooperation in Combating Transnational Crime

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Date Published
February 2006
10 pages
This report presents recommendations on international cooperation in combatting transnational crime composed at the Second World Summit of Attorneys General and General Prosecutors, Chief Prosecutors, and Ministers of Justice, held November 14-16, 2005, in Doha, Qatar.
Eleven recommendations pertain to the requirements of prosecution services in dealing with new and sophisticated forms of transnational crime, particularly cybercrime (computer-related crime) and economic and financial crime. One recommendation is that countries update existing law or formulate new legislation to address specific types of computer-related crime, so as to facilitate their effective prosecution. Eleven recommendations address strategies and practical measures for strengthening the capacity of prosecution service to deal with transnational organized crime, terrorism, and corruption among public officials. One recommendation is that member states of the United Nations that have not yet done so should ratify or accede to the United Nations Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime and its protocols, followed by the implementation of its proposals in the state's legislation and policies. Nine recommendations focus on the role of prosecutors in promoting and strengthening the rule of law. One recommendation is that countries should ensure that their prosecutors are able to perform their professional functions without intimidation, hindrance, harassment, or undue interference in accordance with the guidelines on the role of prosecutors adopted by the Eighth United Nations Congress on the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders (1990) and endorsed by the United Nations General Assembly. Sixteen recommendations deal with measures and mechanisms for strengthening international cooperation among prosecution services. One recommendation is that countries consider expanding their extradition treaty network and/or enacting or revising extradition legislation to be used as a supplementary legal framework for surrendering fugitives to a requesting country.