Islamic Republic of Iran

Kermanshah Hosts the Sixth National Workshop on International Judicial Cooperation


The Sixth National Workshop on International Judicial Cooperation was held in Kermanshah, the centre of Kermanshah Province, on 3 and 4 September 2014.
UNODC brought together law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and judges from the provinces of Kermanshah, Kurdistan, Ilam, Hamedan and Lorestan.
The main objectives of the meeting was to provide an opportunity for the participants to listen and learn about the mechanisms and capacities envisaged under the United Nations Convention Against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances of 1988 , the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC) of 2000, and the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC).
The national counterparts' interventions were indicative of the existing requirements to improve and amend the national legislations on extradition of criminals and harmonization of domestic laws of different UN member states that could assist in establishing a common legal framework on the basis of which mutual cooperation can be requested and delivered.
The message of Leik Boonwaat, UNODC Iran Representative, was read to the audience, emphasizing the increasing prevalence of Transnational Organized Crime and the serious threats that it poses to stability, rule of law, and human rights in different countries. The UNODC policy stating that the challenge of Transnational Organized Crime needs to be tackled through international cooperation was underlined.
The workshop provided an excellent opportunity for national practitioners to learn about INTERPOL and its role in facilitating international judicial cooperation, and the Anti-Money Laundering activities of the Financial Intelligence Unit of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Finance. The participants, furthermore, received a briefing on drafting MLA requests, the practical aspects of sending out requests, as well as the processing of received MLA request from third parties .