November 12, 2010

World’s police at INTERPOL General Assembly rally against environmental crime

Filed under: Uncategorized — inece @ 10:21 pm

From Interpol:

DOHA, Qatar – Senior police representatives from agencies worldwide attending INTERPOL’s 79th General Assembly have unanimously backed a resolution encouraging greater global policing efforts against environmental crime through INTERPOL’s Environmental Crime Programme.

The resolution called upon the national law enforcement authorities of INTERPOL’s 188 member countries to recognize that ‘environmental crime is not restricted by borders and involves organized crime networks which engage in other crime types, including murder, corruption, fraud and theft’. It noted that there is a vital need for a global response and that INTERPOL should play a leading role in supporting national and international enforcement against environmental crime, which encompasses activities ranging from illegal trade in wildlife, timber and marine species, to illegal transborder movements of hazardous waste, and the illicit exploitation of natural resources.

Read the full press release at Interpol’s web site or on the CITES Secretariat web site.  See also the Statement by John Scanlon, Secretary-General, CITES to the 79th Interpol General Assembly.

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