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17 stories found over the past 45 days
Violence against women and girls ‘shames every society,’ UN anti-crime chief warns

19 May 2015 – Voicing concern over the continued killing of women and girls, the United Nations anti-crime chief today issued a strong call to end such acts, as well as to unravel the gender at the heart of the “dreadful daily experiences of violence” that blight so many of their lives.


UN expert calls for adoption of minimum set of fundamental human rights for detainees

18 May 2015 – The top United Nations human rights expert on torture today called for the adoption of the revised Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners, which are being considered this week by the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in Vienna.


UN anti-crime chief opens Crime Commission urging action to prevent migrant smuggling

18 May 2015 – The top United Nations official involved in the Organization’s fight against illegal drugs and international crime said today how horrified he was when he first heard the news of migrants dying when their boats sank in the Mediterranean – “the latest reports of a tragedy seemingly without end.”


At thematic debate, UN officials urge ‘cohesive, balanced’ approach to fighting world drug problem

07 May 2015 – The international community must seize the opportunity to hold open, comprehensive and in-depth discussions on the world drug problem at next year’s General Assembly special session devoted to the issue, a senior United Nations official said today amid appeals for a clampdown on transnational drug trafficking networks and their criminal offshoots.


DOHA: UN conference ends with call for concrete action on crime prevention and criminal justice

19 April 2015 – As the 13th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice ground down to a close today in Doha, Qatar, the head of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) called on Member States to implement the Doha Declaration and take definitive action on comprehensive crime prevention and criminal justice policies and strategies.


DOHA: At UN conference, UN agencies urge Member States to act on new standards for eliminating violence against children

18 April 2015 – United Nations officials gathered at the UN Crime Congress under way in Doha, Qatar, have called on Member States to take action and implement the new international standards on the elimination of violence against children adopted late last year, stressing that such violence continues to have a devastating effect on children, families, and society as a whole.


Photo story: UN Crime Congress - Advancing criminal justice and rule of law

17 April 2015 – This is a critical year for development as countries hammer out a new, post-2015 development agenda. At the 13th Crime Congress, taking place in the Qatari capital of Doha - from 12 to 19 April 2015 - policymakers and experts from around the world have joined forces with the UN, inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations to chart a new course for crime prevention and rule of law in support of sustainable development.


DOHA: UN conference weighs efforts to combat cybercrime, create safer digital world

17 April 2015 – Efforts to tame the fast-growing cybercrime threat took centre stage at the United Nations Crime Congress under way in Doha, Qatar, as a diverse group of experts in the field urged strong partnerships between the public and private sectors to create a safer digital landscape.


DOHA: At Crime Congress, UN spotlights ‘epidemic’ of prison overcrowding

16 April 2015 – With over 10 million people in prisons worldwide, prison overcrowding has reached epidemic proportions in many countries, a senior official from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said today at the 13th UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice.


DOHA: UN anti-crime meeting highlights measures to curb illicit trade in cultural property

16 April 2015 – Weighing in on the vital importance of the world’s cultural artifacts and the illegal trade that endangers them, experts at an event held at the United Nations Crime Congress, under way in Doha, Qatar, urged Member States to use the existing legal instruments to fight this crime and stressed the importance of raising awareness.