CRIME AND PUNISHMENT
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.