New Era (Windhoek)

26 October 2012

Namibia: Nation Worried About Transnational Crimes

Windhoek — The Deputy Minister of Justice Tommy Nambahu said that Namibia notes with concern the increase in transnational organised crimes manifested in drug trafficking, money laundering, human trafficking, cybercrime, as well as corruption.

He was speaking recently at the Sixth Session of the Conference of State Parties to the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organised Crime in Vienna, Austria.

"The undeniable truth is that transnational organised crime is a global problem and the solution to a global problem lies in concerted efforts globally. Transnational organised crime does not have a bearing on a single country, neither a single continent," the deputy minister of justice told the gathering.

"It is cross-border crime that hinders socio-economic development and undermines the rule of law. It is our humble opinion that countries must strive to fully implement United Nations standards and norms on crime prevention and criminal justice in order to ensure greater respect for the rule of law, which in turn contributes to the promotion of economic and social development," Nambahu added.

"In this regard, Namibia welcomes and supports the review mechanism of the implementation of the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organised Crime and its protocols, which is aimed at identifying gaps, the needs for technical assistance, strengthening of international cooperation and to share best practices in the implementation of the UN Convention against Transnational Organised Crime," he said.

Namibia is a signatory to the United Nations Commission Against Corruption (UNCAC) and that is why the country through an Act of Parliament, established the Anti-Corruption Commission.

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