MINSK, 18 October (BelTA) - Belarus is taking part in the 11th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime. The conference is held in Vienna in a hybrid format on 17-21 October, BelTA learned from the Belarusian Internal Affairs Ministry.
The program includes discussions on preventing and combating trafficking in persons, especially women and children, as well as other topics related to international cooperation and technical assistance.
Belarusian Internal Affairs Minister Ivan Kubrakov supported the practical cooperation of law enforcement agencies at the international level and outlined further priority areas.
“We are talking about the fight against cybercrime, human trafficking and illegal migration, smuggling of weapons and drugs, terrorist and extremist activities,” the minister stressed.
In recent years the Belarusian Ministry of Internal Affairs, taking advantage of the rich experience, professionalism of employees and operational capabilities, has been taking focused effort to neutralize and discredit leaders of the organized criminal groups and their accomplices, to prevent the penetration of foreign criminals into the country. And, according to Ivan Kubrakov, the ministry is ready to share this experience.
Belarus pays maximum attention to combating contemporary forms of slavery and actively proposed ways to improve the effectiveness of the measures taken by the international law enforcement community to combat this category of crimes. “However, when combating trafficking in human beings, we often face difficulties connected with the use of digital and information technologies in all spheres of public life. As a result, we are currently witnessing the involvement of an increasing number of Belarusian citizens in the activities of international organized groups and an increase in the number of victims of crimes committed using the fruits of modern technological progress. Only by joint work of all states concerned can we solve these problems. No internal strategies of a single country will suffice," the minister emphasized.