Homeland Security

India ratifies UN convention against transnational crime

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

New Delhi, May 13, IRNA -- India has ratified a UN convention against transnational organised crime and its three protocols, including one on preventing human trafficking.

The convention is the main international instrument in the fight against transnational organised crime. It recognises the need to foster and enhance close international cooperation in order to tackle the problem.

The Convention against Transnational Organised Crime is supplemented by three protocols, which target specific areas of organised crime - trafficking in persons, migrant smuggling and illicit trafficking in firearms.

According to United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, States that ratify this instrument commit themselves to taking a series of measures against transnational organised crime, including 'creation of domestic criminal offences, adoption of new and sweeping frameworks for extradition, mutual legal assistance and law enforcement cooperation.'

Civil Society activists were particularly happy over the ratification of the 'Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children'.

'This is a shot in the arm for anti-trafficking efforts as the lack of a comprehensive legislation and policy in India has often been the reason for the lack of law enforcement on the issue. It is now binding upon India to develop a law that conforms to the international convention and its provisions.

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