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Dur­ing the UN Congress on Crime Pre­ven­tion and Crim­i­nal Jus­tice, mem­bers signed the Doha Dec­la­ra­tion to take de­fin­i­tive ac­tion on com­pre­hen­sive crime pre­ven­tion and crim­i­nal jus­tice poli­cies and strate­gies. The dec­la­ra­tion, which has been in the works for a while, was unan­i­mously adopted by del­e­gates at the open­ing of the Congress on April 12. The doc­u­ment puts an em­pha­sis on im­por­tant as­pects of fight­ing transna­tional or­gan­ised crime and strength­en­ing crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tems and crime pre­ven­tion. The tragedies in the Mediter­ranean Sea last month were a sharp re­minder to ev­ery­one present to im­ple­ment the Doha Dec­la­ra­tion, “on be­half of the vic­tims of crime, in­clud­ing mi­grants, and that we track down the smug­glers who feed off des­per­a­tion,” ac­cord­ing to UN Of­fice on Drugs and Crime Ex­ec­u­tive Direc­tor Yury Fe­do­tov.

United Na­tions Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Ban Ki-moon and Qatar's Prime Min­is­ter HE Sheikh Ab­dul­lah bin Nasser bin Khal­ifa Al Thani at the United Na­tions Congress on Crime Pre­ven­tion and Crim­i­nal Jus­tice in Doha.

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