Fighting Organized Crime

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By the Joint Ministers and representatives of the Governments of Australia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Canada, the People's of China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, the Lao People's Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Myanmar, Napal, New Zealand, Pakistan, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, the United States of America and Vietnam.

We the Ministers and representatives of the Governments of Australia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Canada, the People's of China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, the Lao People's Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Myanmar, Napal, New Zealand, Pakistan, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, the United States of America and Vietnam, gathered in Bangkok at the Asia-Pacific Ministerial Seminar on Building Capacities for Fighting Transnational Organized Crime:

Aware of and concerned with the rise in transnational organized crime, which threatens the economic prosperity and stability of the region and causes immeasurable human suffering;

Convinced of the need to combat transnational organized crime and recognizing the importance of governments acting together;

Hereby declare:

1. our firm political will to undertake all possible measures to combat transnational organized crime;

2. our determination to work together closely to build and strengthen our national capacities for fighting transnational organized crime and to reinforce regional cooperation measures, especially extradition and mutual legal assistance;

3. our commitment to putting into practice effective preventive measures against transnational organized crime by reviewing the criminal justice system, promoting educational programs and raising public awareness by disseminating information on the serious negative consequences of organized crime on the society at large. We also commit ourselves to assisting and protecting the victims of organized crime to the best of our abilities;

4. that there is an immediate need to mobilize financial resources for providing technical and financial assistance to the developing countries for fighting transnational organized crime; 5. …