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Lao PDR addresses terrorism prevention

Vientiane (Lao PDR), 15 February 2010 - The Ministry of Justice of the Lao People's Democratic Republic organized, with support from the UNODC Terrorism Prevention Branch, a national workshop entitled "Promotion of ratification and implementation of the universal legal instruments against terrorism". The workshop, which was held on 28 and 29 January 2010, was preceded by a preparatory meeting on 27 January to discuss and design a concrete road map for future actions.

The workshop was supported by UNODC terrorism prevention experts and it specifically focused on the adoption of legislative measures needed for the Lao People's Democratic Republic to fully adhere to and implement the universal counter-terrorism conventions and protocols. The participation of the UNODC's Country Office expert encouraged discussions towards integrating counter terrorism requirements into the on-going national criminal justice system improvements and the role of UNODC in supporting this process.

Representatives from the following branches of Government and other entities participated in the workshop: the Office of the Supreme People's Prosecutor, the judiciary, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Public Security, the Civil Aviation Authority, the Bank of the Lao People's Democratic Republic (which also acts as a financial intelligence unit), a lawyers association and the customs police.