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News > Statement by The Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran Before The Fifth session of the Expert Group to Conduct a Comprehensive Study on Cybercrime

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Statement by The Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran Before The Fifth session of the Expert Group to Conduct a Comprehensive Study on Cybercrime

The Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran


The Fifth session of the Expert Group to Conduct a Comprehensive Study on Cybercrime


Agenda item 2

Law Enforcement and Investigations


Vienna, 27-29 March, 2019


In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful


        Mr. Chairman,

At the outset, I would like to join other delegations in thanking you for chairing this important session.  I would also like to thank the panelists for their admirable and enlightening presentations. I should like to commend the secretariat for excellent organization of the session and for making documents available in a timely manner as well.

My delegation attaches great importance to the work of the Intergovernmental Expert Group on cybercrime. We maintain that examining the challenge of cybercrime and proposing options to strengthen international cooperation is what we expect from the work of the Expert Group as its main mandate which has so far been focused by the Group and the states alike. We continue to participate in its work and pursue with interest the useful discussions be held at its meetings with a view to contributing further to the existing literature on the fight against cybercrime.

        Mr. Chairman,

As regards law enforcement and investigations, the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran has established the Cyber Police in 2011 so as prevent and counter cybercrime more effectively, investigate and prosecute criminals, provide a secure and interoperable communication and protect community values and legal liberties. Enjoying a new generation of officers committed to bring criminals to justice, the Cyber Police consists of specialized units for investigation and prosecution of criminal activities in cyberspace. As an instance, The Cyber Emergencies Center provides 24/7 service for victims or witnesses of cybercrime to submit their report and sue criminals. It also conducts emergency search and seizure operations for collecting and preserving electronic evidence in line with legal principles.

At the international level, the Cyber Police of Iran is in close cooperation with the Interpol and Europol and has online communication with 134 countries through designated contact officers. The Cyber Police of Iran has also launched joint missions in collaboration with 111 countries and 200 executive bodies to confiscate counterfeit drugs with the approximate value of 2 billion dollars.

In addition to Cyber Police and in line with Article 666 of the Criminal Procedural Law, specialized judicial institutions have been established in the Islamic Republic of Iran for investigation, prosecution and adjudication of criminal activities in cyberspace; according to which the “Deputy of General Prosecutor of the Islamic Republic of Iran for Virtual Space Affairs” is responsible for coordinating judicial responses to cybercrime all over the country and to that end every 31 Provincial General Persecutors in the country has appointed a Deputy on Virtual Space Affairs supervising and leading 400 provincial judicial branches for investigation and prosecution of cybercrime.

The Cyber Police, GP’s offices on Virtual Affairs coupled with a commensurable number of specialized courts allocated to adjudicate cyber criminals, have provided national authorities an integrated systematized framework to respond to cybercrime. However, certain impediments and obstacles at the international level still challenge the aforementioned authorities’ efforts in cooperating internationally and countering cybercrime.

        Mr. Chairman,

International cooperation for effective prevention and combating crimes including cybercrime has been a central topic in our discussions throughout the decade, and on various occasions we have emphasized the need for a collective response to organized crimes as well as new emerging crimes within the frameworks of the United Nations, In this regard, UNODC has took considerable steps by providing technical assistance and capacity-building programs to ensure that no impediment at the national level impairs States in cooperating and fighting against crimes , and we all commend the extensive work UNODC has done to achieve this goal, however, addressing impediments which at an international level hinder cooperation among States is of significance.

The Islamic republic of Iran, situated in a region which suffers from organized criminal activities such as drug and human trafficking facilitated by use of technology, faces impediments for cooperation at an international level on criminal matters. To cite an example, the Unilateral Coercive Measures, detrimental to a collective response to crimes, prevents from fully cooperating with the Iranian law enforcement authorities in investigation and prosecution cybercriminals, asset recovery as well as transfer of technological tools necessary for preserving electronic evidence and conducting cyber forensics. Needless to say, that these illegitimate measures also impact allocation of resources and capabilities of the Iranian authorities in their fight against cybercrime.

Committed to combat organized crimes, we believe that removal of international impediments remains vital to our collective security and the fight against crimes, specifically cybercrime which knows no border. In this regard, international impediments on cooperation not only serve criminals and provide them with a fertile ground to expand their criminal activities but also weakens the rule of law facing jurisdictions with a surge of crime committed in and via cyberspace. In that context, the role of UNODC to enhance and facilitate international cooperation by helping remove international impediments to a collective response to cybercrime is crucial.

In conclusion, Mr. chairman, I would like once again to stress, that the Islamic Republic of Iran, committed to fight against transnational organized crime, in particular cybercrime, supports international cooperation against cybercrime facilitated by the UNODC and emphasizes the need to reinforce technical assistance for prevention and prosecution of the use of technologies for criminal purposes.

Thank you, Mr. chairman,

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