Press Releases

    15 June 2004

    Chad Takes Concrete Steps Towards Adoption of Universal Anti-Terrorism Instruments

    VIENNA, 15 June (UN Information Service) -- In response to the request by the Government of the Republic of Chad, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) organized a seminar to provide technical assistance in the ratification and the implementation of the Universal Instruments against Terrorism. The seminar took place on 7 and 8 June in N’Djamena, Chad, and was co-organized by the Ministry of Public Security with the material support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

    Experts from the relevant ministries and representatives of the civil society participated in the seminar. In addition to promoting the ratification of the above-mentioned instruments, the working sessions were devoted to discussions on and analysis of a number of legislative proposals for the amendment of the penal legislation. At the end of the seminar, participants adopted a set of concrete recommendations, including a call for the early ratification and the implementation of the instruments that have not yet been ratified. They also called upon UNODC to provide specialized training for law enforcement officers and criminal justice officials, once the appropriate legislation is in place.

    After the seminar, the UNODC representatives met with a number of high-level authorities, including the Minister of Public Security, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Minister of Justice, the Vice-President of the National Assembly and the President of the Constitutional Council, to discuss concrete actions the Republic of Chad could take to follow-up on the recommendations. They all assured the UNODC representatives of their full support in the process of ratification and implementation of the Universal Anti-terrorism Instruments.

    For more information, please contact:
    Jean-Paul Laborde, Stefano Betti and/or Maud Olinet at +43 1 26060 0 at the
    United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Vienna.

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