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Report on the International Seminar on Crime Prevention: Building International Cooperation Against Terrorism

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Date Published
April 2006
6 pages
This report describes the proceedings and presents the recommendations of the International Seminar on Crime Prevention, whose theme was "Building International Cooperation Against Terrorism" (held in Jakarta, Indonesia, February 27-28, 2006).
The seminar was held in the context of United Nations Security Council resolution 1373 (2001), which was adopted after the terrorist acts of September 11, 2001, in the United States, as well as Security Council resolution 1428 (2002), which was adopted after the bombing attacks of October 12, 2002, in Bali (Indonesia). The seminar was attended by over 500 high-ranking officials from 13 countries of Asia and the Pacific Rim. Seminar participants recommended that in the interest of a more efficient and effective fight against terrorism, there should be a common legal definition of the term "terrorism." The seminar also recommended that each country have legal regulations in place that criminalize accessory offenses involved in support of terrorist attacks. Another recommendation is that there is an ongoing effort to develop new extradition agreements between and among countries. Also recommended is the development of information networks for information exchange pertinent to countering terrorist activities, including accessory offenses. Seminar participants further recommended that there be an acknowledgment of the legal evidence provided by any party, since different legal systems might otherwise limit the scope of cooperation. Finally, the seminar recommended more dialog and interaction among countries for the purpose of identifying and addressing the root causes of terrorism, with a view toward winning the battle for the hearts and minds of people who are exposed to terrorist propaganda.