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Ministers of Security, Justice and Interior of Mercosur study on the viability of COPLA

On 8 June 2018, within the XLVII Meeting of Ministers of Justice and the XLI Meeting of Ministers of Interior and Security of MERCOSUR and Associated States, a declaration was signed in which the Ministers committed to study the viability of a Latin American and Caribbean Criminal Court Against Transnational Organized Crime (COPLA).

This initiative could be an alternative for an integral fight against organized crime which affects our countries.
After the unanimous approval both the support declarations by the Congress of the Argentine Republic and Parlasur, this declaration signed to accomplish a MERCOSUR free of trafficking and organized crime, represents a significant step towards the creation of this instance of regional cooperation. 
Said declaration was signed by Germán Garavano, Minister of Justice and Human Rights of Argentina, and his peruvian pair Salvador Heresi Chicoma; Ever and Ariel Martínez, Minister of Justice and Interior of Paraguay; Torquato Lorena Jardim, Minister of Justice of Brazil; María Julia Muñoz, Minister of Education and Culture of Uruguay; Nelson Cox, Vice Minister of Justice and Fundamental Rights of Bolivia; Juan Pino, diplomatic representative of the Republic of Chile and Javier Alberto Flórez, Ambassador of the Republic of Colombia. 
In the document it was exposed the need to approach the main issue of our region from a coordinated intersectoral perspective, that enhance our logistic, human and cooperation resources. A “MERCOSUR free of drug trafficking” and a “MERCOSUR free of organized crime” are the two main claims that are part of the Organism’s agenda and that appear in the joint declaration.
 
It is in this framework that Germán Garavano said that it is important to carry out an interagency and multidisciplinary approach to fight transnational crimes, while Ever Martínez pointed out the need to implement mechanisms so that confiscated assets can be returned to society.
 
In this way, the signing of this joint declaration in the Republic of Paraguay constitutes a progress and an important endorsement to the COPLA campaign, which today counts with more than 3000 signatories and 40 institutions from all over the world. (c.l.b.)

 

 
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