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Treaties Committee recommends ratification of UN Agreements on Transnational Crime, People Trafficking and People Smuggling.



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JOINT STANDING COMMITTEE ON TREATIES

MEDIA ALERT

Issued: 31 March 2004

Attention: National media

Treaties Committee recommends ratification of UN Agreements on Transnational Crime, People Trafficking and People Smuggling

The Joint Standing Committee on Treaties, chaired by Dr Andrew Southcott MP, tabled a report today (31 March 2004) that recommends ratification of the UN Convention against Transnational Crime, and Protocols concerning People Trafficking and People Smuggling.

Transnational crime is of major concern to many countries in the world today, and the Committee agrees that by being party to this Convention, Australia demonstrates its ongoing commitment to combat it. The Transnational Organised Crime Convention will provide a standardised approach to criminalisation and a mechanism for cooperation with a range of other countries in the prevention, detection and prosecution of transnational crime.

Similarly, adherence to the two protocols on people trafficking and people smuggling will demonstrate the importance Australia places in combating these repugnant, degrading crimes and set an example to encourage other countries to address these serious issues. These protocols enhance the bilateral and regional cooperation we already have in the areas of people smuggling and people trafficking.

The Committee’s Report 59: Treaties tabled in December 2003 also recommends ratification of treaties relating to marriage documentation in Italy, air pollution caused by ships’ emissions, and closure of the International Foot and Mouth Vaccine Bank.

Further information is available on the Committee’s website: http://www.aph.gov.au/house/committee/jsct/report.htm The Report will be posted on the website after it has been tabled today.

MEDIA CONTACTS

For interview: Committee Chair, Dr Andrew Southcott MP (02) 6277 4283

Background: Gillian Gould (Committee Secretary) (02) 6277 4642