Organized Crime has Ballooned to Global Proportions

From the Left: Amina Mahmoud, Kenya, the chair of the press conference, Yury Fedotov, Executive Director of the United Nations office on drugs and crime (UNODC), and J. Sandage

The organized crime has “ballooned to global proportions” said today Yury Fedotov, the Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) at the  opening session of the 5th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention against transnational organized crime. A decade after the adoption of the Palermo Convention as it is also known, states parties are meeting in Vienna from 18 to 22 October to review global progress in fighting this scourge.  He stated that the convention was a powerful but underutilized tool. 157 States have ratified the instrument, which forms the global basis for extradition and mutual legal assistance. Mr. Fedotov remarked that more awareness was needed of how states could make more effective use of the convention and realize its potential for cooperation.

The convention provides new possibilities and frameworks for law enforcement agencies to coordinate their efforts, including trans-border intelligence sharing and joint investigations.

It is highly adaptable in providing effective responses since its definition of transnational organized crime is broad enough to encompass new and emerging forms of crime. With its detailed measures to combat money-laundering, go after plundered assets and to end banking secrecy, UNTOC can be used to hit criminals where it hurts – by helping cut off their cash lifeblood.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice National Cohesion and Constitutional Affairs Amina Mohamed was elected as a President of the COP (Conference of State Parties) to the UNTOC for a term of two years.

Eight vice-presidents, who are the resident ambassadors from Italy, representing the Western Group (WEOG), Kazakhstan and Indonesia representing the Asian Group,  Romania and Poland representing the East European Group (EEG); Mexico and Argentina are representing Latin American Group (GRULAC); Algeria representing the African Group; and a Rapporteur from the United States of America who is a representative of (WEOG) were elected during the opening session of the conference.

During a press conference held at the UN office in Vienna, Yury Fedotov stated that the drug trafficking continues to be the most lucrative line of business for criminals. As UNODC reported in its 2010 transnational organized crime threat assessment, Cocaine trafficked from the Andean region to North America and Europe is worth $72 billion annually, and Heroin trafficked from Afghanistan to Europe has a street value of $33 billion.

Combined, these figures exceed $100 billion, money diverted from the United Nations development goals and which are invested in criminal businesses or used to fuel terrorism. Or, to put it another way: cocaine and heroin traffickers are earning almost $280 million every day, almost $12 million every hour, and almost $200,000 every minute.

Spontaneously Mr. Fedotov looked at the watch he wore on his hand and said that “during the 20 minutes since we started this conference, the smugglers of drugs have earned four million dollars”. Underscoring the need for robust regional responses to stem illicit activity, Mr. Fedotov concluded “we also need a comprehensive, system-wide response that strengthens resistance to organized crime at its points of origin, along trafficking routes, and at the final destinations for its illicit goods”.

During the press conference the speakers stated that they coordinate their effort with the Interpol Police organization to decrease transnational organized crime.

The historical heritage of Palestine is destroyed in Jerusalem

Click here to read Palestine speech in Arabic.

Dr. Ali Khashan, the Palestinian minister of justice, appealed to the conference participants, the states Dr. Ali Khashan, Palestinian minister of Justice.parties meeting in Vienna and all international organizations during a speech delivered at the noon session. He said: “we put together a draft of the law of cultural heritage in Palestine and we call on you to stand by the Palestinian people to preserve our historical and humanitarian heritage, which is being systematically targeted and destroyed, including even the historic graveyard which has existed for more than a thousand years. We need your strong support to maintain the cultural property in Palestine, especially in the occupied city of Jerusalem”. (Click on the picture to make it bigger).

He added: “I would also like to call your attention to the significant threat posed by the settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories and what the colonist squatters carry out by uprooting the Palestinian trees and destroying their plants, including the historical olive trees. I also want to call your attention to the wall erected by Israel in the West Bank and particularly in the city of Jerusalem and its negative and destructive effects on life and the environment in Palestine.

Dr. Ali Khashan stated that the new Palestinian penal code, which will enter into implementation after signature by the President emphasized the fight against the organized crime and illicit trafficking, including trafficking in organs and humans as well as smuggling in all its forms and manifestations. The Palestinian National Authority issued a money laundering law which fights against money-laundering crimes and “offenses”.

Dr. Khashan said: “in this context, we wish to emphasize our support for the recommendations and resolutions adopted by the meeting of 19 of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice relating to the prevention of trafficking and protection of cultural property and international cooperation to combat such crimes in all the world, including the disputed areas, especially in the occupied Palestinian territories”.

He pointed out that a Palestinian penal code draft has the protection of women and the abolition of the discriminations that were affecting women, especially the so-called honor crimes, and that the Palestinians work with all their efforts to support and empower women not only in Palestine but in the bilateral relations and regional framework. He stated that no society can advance without justice for women and the lifting of all restrictions that hinder legislative progress in this regard.

Dr. Khashan emphasized the recommendations and decisions of the 19th meeting of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, particularly the resolution on the strengthening of measures taken in the field of crime prevention and criminal justice to address violence against women, especially in conflict zones, including the occupied Palestinian territories. He confirmed that the Palestinians were one of the initiators and signatories to all agreements made in the framework of the League of Arab States, as well as judicial and legal regional cooperation agreements which fight against crime, and we are in Palestine are ready to sign on all the international conventions that fight crime and prevent criminal trafficking in all its forms and manifestations.

8 comments to Organized Crime has Ballooned to Global Proportions

  • David

    They can start with poppy fields in Afghanistan !

  • Poverty=Crime
    Jews=Organized crime

    And that is as simple as I can make the equation.

  • Now! Guess who’s in charge of organized crime?????You have only one guess!

  • George W. Busch

    the number 1 organized crime organization is the united nations. they are tied in there with the federal reserve, and the world bank, imf, and bank of international settlements

  • Allen D. Hoffmann

    It’s all about drugs. Chriminal gangs are getting rich supplying the world with what it wants. No prohibition has ever worked and why we keep hoping it will baffles me. My Grandmother said it all “Prohibitions bitter fruit is never the Nations sobriety, instead it is crime, corruption, and disrespect for lawful authority”

  • Digital Gravy

    One of the big secrets is that most governments have under the table alliances with criminal organization of many colors. It seems the only so called crackdown on crime is on those individuals or small groups that exploit or seize on consumer needs i.e. drugs or in some cases piracy. If those groups or individuals are discovered it then become the government in question to “protect” it’s own unique relationship with it’s own criminal organizations.
    Example is the drug cartels that hug the border of southern America where you can find government military factions helping “defend” cartel activities.
    Also one must remember the many international corporations are also engaged in this activity, and in some cases form “triads” where the lines between government, corporations and criminal organizations become very blurred or nonexistent!
    The rare occasion where corporations and governments band together is to combat “high seas piracy” lead by limited group with limited resources.
    Otherwise it’s business “as usual”:)
    Ever wonder why certain counties prisons are full?

  • Saad

    Iam totally frustrated of what is happening in this world. There is a 100 % obvious crime which is committed by what is called: Israel against the Palestinians, and still nobody is taking a strong action. USA should stop supporting Israel in every single violation committed there.

  • When it comes to international crime, there are two pillars upon which it stands. Cut either one of those and it falls. One is illegal and LEGAL drugs. The other is the Bankster-gangsters: Rothschild, Kuhn-Loeb, Federal Reserve, IMF, World Bank etc.

    The drugs are the quick unseen money and bribe network (including the Legal drugs) that greases the wheels of crime.

    The Bankster-gangsters are the monetary-political control over every government on earth. Let me repeat that: THE BANKSTER-GANGSTERS ARE THE MONETARY-POLITICAL CONTROL OVER EVERY GOVERNMENT ON EARTH.

    The money is only paper and IS A FRAUD.

    The Vatican-Illuminati are behind and in control of it all.

    In the Book of the Revelation, 18th chapter, condemnation is made of the Roman system of economic control over the earth (referred to as “Babylon”):

    The Vatican-Illuminati have subsumed control of this system and will fall when it falls. It will fall.

    This is the condemnation of it and prophecy of its destruction.

    Apocalypse 18:

    The fall of Babylon. Kings and merchants lament over her.

    v.[1] And after these things, I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power: and the earth was enlightened with his glory. [2] And he cried out with a strong voice, saying: Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen; and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every unclean spirit, and the hold of every unclean and hateful bird: [3] Because all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication; and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her; and the merchants of the earth have been made rich by the power of her delicacies. [4] And I heard another voice from heaven, saying: Go out from her, my people; that you be not partakers of her sins, and that you receive not of her plagues. [5] For her sins have reached unto heaven, and the Lord hath remembered her iniquities.

    [6] Render to her as she also hath rendered to you; and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup wherein she hath mingled, mingle ye double unto her. [7] As much as she hath glorified herself, and lived in delicacies, so much torment and sorrow give ye to her; because she saith in her heart: I sit a queen, and am no widow; and sorrow I shall not see. [8] Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine, and she shall be burnt with the fire; because God is strong, who shall judge her. [9] And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication, and lived in delicacies with her, shall weep, and bewail themselves over her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning: [10] Standing afar off for fear of her torments, saying: Alas! alas! that great city Babylon, that mighty city: for in one hour is thy judgment come.

    [11] And the merchants of the earth shall weep, and mourn over her: for no man shall buy their merchandise any more.


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