Media invitation for 80th INTERPOL General Assembly in Vietnam

September 28, 2011

INTERPOL on September 21, 2011 released the following:

“LYON, France – The theme of the 80th INTERPOL General Assembly, which will take place in Hanoi, Vietnam from 31 October – 3 November, is ‘Connecting Police for a Safer World – Strong partnerships, innovation and capacity building.’

Senior law enforcement officials and security experts from around the world will gather at INTERPOL’s General Assembly to discuss a range of issues including the use of new technologies in the prevention and investigation of crimes, the need for global legislation to assist in combating online child sexual exploitation, and proactive approaches to policing challenges which include maritime piracy.

The official opening ceremony and speeches by senior Vietnamese and INTERPOL officials will take place at 9.30am on Monday 31 October and are open to the media. This will be immediately followed by a press conference.

Although the main conference proceedings are closed to the media, a range of media briefings will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday 1- 2 November. Interviews with police officials and international delegates may also be arranged upon request. The closing ceremony will also be open to the media and will be held at 12.15pm on Thursday 3 November.

Journalists wishing to cover the event should apply for accreditation no later than Friday 7 October using the 80th INTERPOL General Assembly press visa and accreditation form. Please note that it is the responsibility of journalists wishing to attend INTERPOL’s General Assembly to ensure that they have secured any visas required for entry to Vietnam.

Applications and further enquiries regarding the accreditation and visa process should be addressed to the Press and Information Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, No. 7 Chu Van An Str., Hanoi, Vietnam, tel: (84-4) 3799 3451 / 3845 5401, fax: (84-4) 3823 4137; e-mail:  phongvienbc@mofa.gov.vn

Journalists without accreditation will not be granted access, and all accredited media representatives will be expected to present their press credentials and identification documents at the media registration desk upon arrival.”

To find additional global criminal news, please read The Global Criminal Defense Daily.

Douglas McNabb and other members of the U.S. law firm practice and write and/or report extensively on matters involving Federal Criminal Defense, INTERPOL Red Notice Removal, International Extradition and OFAC SDN Sanctions Removal.

The author of this blog is Douglas McNabb. Please feel free to contact him directly at mcnabb@mcnabbassociates.com or at one of the offices listed above.

Bookmark and Share


Vietnam police chief’s visit to INTERPOL focuses on role of international police cooperation in boosting regional security

September 28, 2011

INTERPOL on September 20, 2011 released the following:

“LYON, France – Vietnam’s Director General of Police, Maj. Gen. Phan Van Vinh, has met with INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble at INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters to discuss security measures aimed at enhancing international cooperation against transnational crime.

With Hanoi soon hosting the 80th INTERPOL General Assembly (31 October – 3 November), the visit by Vietnam’s police chief reviewed key transnational organized crime issues such as human trafficking and child sexual abuse. It also saw the announcement that Vietnam is to second a police officer to INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters for the first time. The Vietnamese police officer will be joining the world police body’s specialist Crimes Against Children unit.

In this respect, Maj. Gen. Phan said “Vietnam is proud to second its first ever officer to INTERPOL’s General Secretariat. Countering transnational crime threats today, including crimes against children, requires collaboration via INTERPOL’s global law enforcement network at the national, regional and international level.”

“International police cooperation with Vietnam is vital not just for the security of its citizens but also for Southeast Asia and beyond the region, at a time when globalization has seen the expansion and diversification of transnational crime,” said Secretary General Noble.

“Vietnam’s decision to second an officer to INTERPOL’s General secretariat demonstrates its commitment to support international police cooperation and its understanding that the transnational crime threats which are faced by every country cannot be dealt with in isolation,” added the head of INTERPOL.

Mr Noble cited Vietnam’s involvement in projects against Asian organized crime networks, including Operations SOGA I (2007) and SOGA II (2008) against soccer gambling, as further examples of Vietnam’s active involvement in international police collaboration. Both operations resulted in more than 1,200 arrests and the seizure of cash and assets worth some USD 17 million.

Extending access to INTERPOL’s global police tools and services beyond INTERPOL’s National central Bureau in Hanoi also topped the agenda during Maj. Gen. Phan’s visit, which included a review of progress on the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation due to open in Singapore in early 2014, as well as of the INTERPOL Travel Document which will facilitate the international travel of INTERPOL officials when assisting in transnational investigations or urgent deployments.

Vietnam’s police chief was accompanied by Dang Xuan Khang, Head of NCB Hanoi; Tran Duy Thanh, Director of Anti-Corruption Department; Nguyen Duc Chung, Deputy Director of Hanoi Metropolitan Police; and Nguyen Huu Ngoc, Deputy Director of Information and Database Centre on Transnational Crime, NCB Hanoi.”

To find additional global criminal news, please read The Global Criminal Defense Daily.

Douglas McNabb and other members of the U.S. law firm practice and write and/or report extensively on matters involving Federal Criminal Defense, INTERPOL Red Notice Removal, International Extradition and OFAC SDN Sanctions Removal.

The author of this blog is Douglas McNabb. Please feel free to contact him directly at mcnabb@mcnabbassociates.com or at one of the offices listed above.

Bookmark and Share


Opening Speech of the INTERPOL President Khoo Boon Hui at the 21st INTERPOL Americas Regional Conference

July 6, 2011

INTERPOL on July 6, 2011 released the following:

“6 JULY 2011 – ARUBA

The Honourable Arthur Dowers,
Minister of Justice and Education of Aruba;

Mr Ronald K Noble,
the INTERPOL Secretary General;

Mr Adolfo Ernesto Richardson,
Commissioner of Police of Aruba;

Members of the INTERPOL Executive Committee;

Distinguished Guests;

Ladies and Gentlemen;

Welcome

Good morning and welcome to the 21st INTERPOL Americas Regional Conference.

This is my first visit to this pristine and beautiful island of Aruba. When I arrived, I couldn’t help but notice the symbol of “handshake” emblazoned on Aruba’s official Coat of Arms. I was told that it symbolizes Aruba’s strong and friendly relations with all nations and peoples. I also note that Aruba has a diverse population comprising more than 80 nationalities and this international populace now calls this island their “home away from home”. It is therefore fitting to hold the INTERPOL Americas Regional Conference here where cooperation and harmony in diversity is a daily way of life.

Before I go on, let me take the opportunity to offer my appreciation, on the behalf of INTERPOL, to our gracious host, the Police Force of Aruba ably led by Commissioner Richardson, for the excellent organization of the Conference as well as the warm hospitality accorded to all of us.

At the recently concluded General Assembly of the Organization of the American States (OAS), the member states declared “crime as the public enemy number 1”. This INTERPOL Americas Regional Conference is therefore timely. This conference is a powerful platform for us to:

  • review our security landscape, whether current or emerging;
  • brainstorm crime fighting ideas; and
  • formulate crime fighting strategies and action plans

Let us work collectively, and in synergy, as a law enforcement community, to further strengthen the safety and security foundation of this region and help it achieve its immense economic potential.

Given the strong political support expressed, the onus is on us, the law enforcement community, to achieve the desired outcomes through closer and more effective coordination, collaboration and timely exchange of police information. This entails transcending from national to international policing, not just within the region but also globally. You can count on the entire INTERPOL family to support the Americas region in your battle against the threat of organized and transnational crimes.

It is evident that organized crime is a complex and transnational phenomenon. While we may be at the forefront of this fight, a successful campaign would require a multi-faceted strategy involving the collective efforts of all stakeholders. We must work better with local law enforcement institutions, international crime-fighting organizations, private sector organizations and the public.

We also need to be mindful that organized crime syndicates are evolving beyond traditional areas like drug, firearms and human trafficking. With the rapid advent in technology, criminals are re-hashing their modus operandi through cyber space and other technologically sophisticated means. This is a clear and present threat that we must invest resources to tackle and mitigate.

Criminals are increasingly trawling cyber space to take advantage of people and entities, by committing online fraud, stealing identities and private information, money laundering and the distribution of child sexual images, just to name a few. What started as simple “hacking” activities by a few individuals has now turned into a deadly organized crime enterprise with an infrastructure of multiple hackers, sophisticated equipment and other support mechanisms.

Just recently, two global financial institutions reportedly suffered major cyber attacks on their networks and servers which could potentially affect sensitive client information. In Europe, it is estimated that the cost of cyber crime has reached 750 billion Euros a year – more than the cost of illegal drug trafficking.

We have witnessed how organized crime organizations have continuously expanded their illegal operations globally. They take advantage of porous borders and the availability of modern technology. By all accounts the criminal enterprise has successfully adapted to globalization. So must we. As law enforcement, we must not lag behind or we risk failing in our sworn duties to our citizens. We must stay ahead of these criminals by:

  • adopting a law enforcement approach that encompasses both the national and global perspectives;
  • continuously scanning the security landscape for emerging threats and, if need be, recalibrate our crime-fighting strategies and priorities; and
  • investing in research and development to come up with cutting edge and innovative solutions to mitigate emerging threats.

I know that some of our member states are already doing this. Just this week, while visiting INTERPOL Bogota, I was impressed with their cyber investigation capabilities with excellent facilities staffed by well-trained and competent experts to fight this emerging threat. It is my firm belief that we can do even better if we start leveraging on the capabilities of our member states and partner private organisations to deal with such threats effectively.

Indeed INTERPOL is evolving and adapting to the dynamic security landscape. Over past years, we have enhanced our ability to better track and adapt to changes and challenges. We are embarking on a number of major initiatives that will allow our Organization to better serve the international policing needs of member countries in the 21st century.

One of these initiatives is the expansion of our Regional Bureau in Buenos Aires which I visited last week. It is truly an impressive facility which will house our 2nd Command and Co-ordination Centre and I would like to thank the Government of Argentina for providing us such a spacious and well-located building.

Another is the INTERPOL Global Complex (IGC) in Singapore that was unanimously endorsed when we last met as a General Assembly in Doha, Qatar. I understand that on the proposed agenda, there will be an IGC progress update scheduled for Friday morning.

This morning, I would just like to state that while the IGC is situated in Asia; it is NOT established to serve the Asian region only. The IGC is a key milestone in INTERPOL’s history that will augment our efforts to become a truly global institution with a strong presence across the various time zones.

We know that Asia, owing to its rapid economic growth, will see increased organized crime activities that will undermine the safety and security of the world if we do not address these threats adequately. Strategically INTERPOL needs a stronger presence in Asia than just the current liaison office that we have in Bangkok. But I want to reiterate that the IGC is a global complex that will serve all INTERPOL member countries through its focus on global innovation and capacity building, while continuing to offer regional operational police support.

In closing, I would like to take this opportunity to invite all of you to the 80th INTERPOL General Assembly in Hanoi, Vietnam, from 31 October to 3 November 2011. One of the agenda items at the General Assembly is the election for seven INTERPOL Executive Committee posts.

Five Executive Committee posts will be vacant when the incumbents’ term ends, including one EC delegate for Americas. Elected members to these five posts will serve a three-year term. The remaining two Executive Committee posts, both for the Americas, will be vacant owing to the resignations of the incumbents from the EC prior to the end of their term next year. This includes the INTERPOL Vice President for Americas and one EC Delegate for Americas. Those elected to these two posts will serve the remaining one year term of office. I encourage you to consider serving our Organization by joining the Executive Committee and contribute in charting its future direction.

Let me end by reiterating that INTERPOL’s successes and achievements would not be possible without your robust support and belief in the INTERPOL’s mission to create a safer world. Let us all continue to work collectively to achieve this noble mission.

I wish you a productive and fulfilling conference over the next few days. Thank you and good day.”

Douglas McNabb and other members of the U.S. law firm practice and write extensively on matters involving Federal Criminal Defense, INTERPOL Red Notice Removal, International Extradition and OFAC SDN List Removal.

The author of this blog is Douglas McNabb. Please feel free to contact him directly at mcnabb@mcnabbassociates.com or at one of the offices listed above.

Bookmark and Share