|Date: 27/04/2012 Time: 11:51:00 PM
Mohammad bin Khadra, the legal advisor to the
Arab League's Secretary General, said Friday the League was trying to convince
its member states, which have yet to endorse the UN Convention against
Transnational Organized Crime and Protocols Thereto, to do so as early as
The League's efforts in this regard are making a tangible progress, Bin
Khadra said in his address to the 21st session of the UN Commission on Crime
Prevention and Criminal Justice, held here on April 23-27.
The Arab countries, realizing the need to scale up regional cooperation to
enforce this global legal instrument, singed the Arab treaty against
transnational organized crime in Cairo on December 22, 2010, he recalled.
A technical commission representing the Arab ministries of justice and
interior is debating a draft protocol on the combat of maritime piracy
attached to the treaty; the document is expected to be endorsed the coming
meeting of the committee in Cairo next week, he revealed.
The League is working closely with the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
to enforce the international crime and drug control treaties.
The League's Secretariat will host the first meeting of the steering
committee on the UN regional program for combating narcotics and criminal
justice (2011-15) on May 9-10, Bin Khadra added.
The just-ended session of the UN Commission reviewed the implementation of
resolutions and decisions relating to crime prevention and criminal justice
adopted during the period 2008-11.