Kuwait on Thursday sounded the alarm about the dangers of transnational organized crime which threatens peace and human security, violates human rights and undermines economic, social, cultural, political and civil development of societies around the world.
This came out in a speech by the second secretary at Kuwait embassy in Vienna Nawaf Al-Rejaib, addressing the 25th session of the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ) tackling the 5th item on its agenda regarding organized crime and relative protocols.
He indicated that Kuwait has endorsed the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNCTOC) and its three accompanied protocols, finding them a cogent legal basis for international cooperation as well as regional and bilateral ones in the fight against cross border crimes.
In adhering to the implementation of (UNCTOC), Kuwait in 2013 passed an anti-human trafficking law which resulted in the establishment of a number of anti-human trafficking civil society organizations, said Al-Rejaib, adding that this law penalizes offenders with prison terms up to 15 years.
Kuwait, in the same year, also passed an anti-money laundering - anti-terrorism funding law in addition to passing a cybercrime law in 2015, he said. He raised the alarm against the misuse of internet-related social networks which may ease the communication reaches of cybercrimes seen in promoting online terrorist literature and recruiting fighters to terrorist groups.
He welcomed new countries joining (UNCTOC) and endorsing its protocols and extoled the work being done by the UN office in charge of fighting crime and drugs around the world.