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News > Statement by the Islamic Republic of Iran before Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, 28th session, 20–24 May 2019

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Statement by the Islamic Republic of Iran before Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, 28th session, 20–24 May 2019

Madam Chair

At the outset, my delegation would like to congratulate you and all members of the bureau for your deserve appointments. we also commend the Secretariat for their admirable preparatory works. As always, I would like to convey our fullest support and pledge of cooperation.

The effective prevention and combating transnational organized crime with its evolving and emerging faces including in the form of cyber-crimes, still remains one of the major challenges for the international community. To tackle this, effectively, a comprehensive approach which depends, first and foremost, on a sober understanding of their enabling conditions is imperative. Problems of a global nature with deep-seated roots call for genuine global cooperation in confronting them. No state or a group of state, how powerful the may think they are, can effectively eliminate these threats. Thus, a coordinated and strengthened international cooperation bolstered and guided by the United Nations is essential, particularly at this juncture that the multilateralism is highly at stake because of the adventurist and narrow-minded policy of few.

On Fighting against terrorism, let us remind ourselves once more that, misperceptions and erroneous assumptions may temporarily defuse domestic anxieties. They do not, however, help in the actual resolution of such global crisis as the menace of terrorism. These reprehensible approaches could only undermine international trust and cooperation in countering terrorism. Terrorism and extremism, as multidimensional phenomena, can only be defeated if a comprehensive plan is devised and implemented in a coordinated and coherent manner. The United Nations Global Counter Terrorism Strategy provides such a common platform for cooperation and we support its implementation, in an integrated and balanced way

Madam Chair

My delegation considers that the very presence and participation of representatives of all nations in this unique and important occasion is indicative of our genuine will to collectively address challenges and fight against criminals who have permanently attempted to jeopardize the rule of law.

 We recognize the paramount role of the UNODC as its mandate includes looking into these acute and urgent challenges and to facilitate the international cooperation between member states, with a view to improving the efficiency of criminal justice administration systems and supporting collective international response.

We do hope that this year's thematic discussion could identify the gaps that may exist at both national and international level in relation to combating crimes motivated by intolerance or discrimination, and to find the best way forward in line with the mandate of the Commission. We are also confident that the Fourteenth UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice to be held in Kyoto in 2020 would serve an important international platforms for an inclusive participation of all member states on better addressing crime prevention and criminal justice and we are grateful to the Government of Japan for all of its efforts and dedication in that regard.

With regard to the existing gaps in relation to combating crimes at the international level, the inhuman and outdated policy of imposing unilateral coercive measures should be highlighted from a technical standpoint as it directly and negatively affects the realization of Sustainable Development Goals.

The unilateral sanctions, which can now be considered as an act of economic terrorism, constitute a flagrant violation of the principles of international law set forth in the UN Charter and that’s why, in our view, the United Nations and all its organs and units including UNODC have a relevant responsibility to address them, since they could provide organized criminal groups with exceptional occasion to weaken rule of law by expanding their criminal activities in particular on drug trafficking and money-laundering-related crime.

Despite their socio-economic impacts, we in Iran have skillfully experienced to equip ourselves to confront these inhuman sanctions by devising resilient  policies and implementing our development strategies more resolutely. At the same time, the unilateral sanctions could negatively impair international cooperation in the field of fighting against transnational organize crime. Impairment of such international cooperation for better countering TOC is not a choice; rather, a factual consequence and evidential ramification of those inhumane measures and sanctions.

Mr. Chairman,

The Islamic republic of Iran has long experience in facing and addressing serious crimes -often perpetrated by transnational organized groups. The efficient and comprehensive national legal framework enables our law enforcement authorities to investigate and prosecute crimes of transnational nature and frustrate criminal activities in the region.

In conclusion, I would like to once again reiterate our full commitment to prevention and combating crimes, in particular, transnational organized crime, emphasize the need for a facilitated international cooperation among Member States and deem mitigation of the impact of international impediments, in particular, the Unilateral Coercive Measures, on international cooperation a crucial step in effectively countering crimes and sending unambiguous and unequivocal signals to criminals all over the world.

Thank you Madam Chair.

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