The capital of Austria is hosting the 24th session of the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice. It will last until May 22. It is attended by about a thousand representatives of the member states and civil societies. The participantes will discuss a range of issues, including those relating to foreign terrorists. The session is scheduled to take nine resolutions.
Addressing the participants, the Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, Yury Fedotov, drew attention to the scale of cross-border crime associated with illegal trafficking of migrants.
Yury Fedotov urged the international community to speak with one voice against the smugglers who make profit on the despair of people fleeing from war, violence and poverty. Destitute people trust their fate to organized criminal groups and decide on dangerous journeys, often by sea. Many die in search of international protection and better life.
The Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime stressed that the fight against the smugglers, who are engaged in illegal trafficking of migrants should be based on the provisions of the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and the Protocol against the Smuggling of Migrants. “The illegal transportation of migrants is a crime having no boundaries. It has a direct bearing on peace and security, human rights and development - the three fundamental principles of the UN,” said Yury Fedotov.