Combating Transnational Organized Crime - Indonesia to comply with the United Nations Convention on Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC)
Jakarta, 29 April 2014 - Today, organized crime is a threat facing countries around the world. Globalizations, as well as advances in transport and technology have increased transnational organized crime. Indonesia, like the rest of the world, is not immune to the threat of organized criminality.
Over the past years, Indonesia has proactively sought to improve its ability to cope with such crime domestically and internationally. Indonesia is a State party to many of the critical international legal instruments, notably the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime. Moreover, Indonesia is currently the President of the Sixth session of the Conference of the Parties to the Organized Crime Convention.
The Organized Crime Convention was adopted by a resolution of the United Nations General Assembly on 15 November 2000. By April 2014, the Convention has 179 parties. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) acts as guardian of the Organized Crime Convention and its protocols. The Convention came into force on 29 September 2003.
UNODC works together with the Indonesian government to ensure compliance of national legislation with the requiremen ts of the Organized Crime Convention. For that purpose, a legislative assessment workshop took place 16 - 17 April in Jakarta.
"Transnational organized crime networks are flexible, dynamic, innovative and resilient in nature. Being a State party to the Organized Crime Convention, Indonesia currently has 178 partners in combating that threat. The Convention contains numerous tools to strike at the core of organized criminality", stated Riikka Puttonen, UNODC Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer.
"Indonesia will continue to support UNTOC and it is indeed essential to ensure that the Penal Code and Criminal Procedure Code comply with the UNTOC. We highly encourage international cooperation in tackling transnational organized crime, especially related to capacity building, technical assistance and information exchange among relevant officials," added Dr. Wicipto Setiadi, SH, MH, Head of Agency for National Legal Development.
More information about related to UNODC's work in Indonesia is available at http://www.unodc.org/indonesia/