Interpol Asia Conference kicks off in KathmanduThe 23rd Interpol Asian Regional Conference kicked off in Kathmandu on Wednesday bringing together police from various countries to discuss issues including terrorism, human trafficking, border security and cybercrime.
The 23rd Interpol Asian Regional Conference kicked off in Kathmandu on Wednesday bringing together police from various countries to discuss issues including terrorism, human trafficking, border security and cybercrime.
Heads of police and police cooperation bodies from 33 countries are participating in the conference to discuss and showcase emerging security challenges in Asian region.
Interpol is an international police organisation that has 190 member countries.
Addressing the inaugural session, Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal said national security should be strengthened in order to cope with new threats and challenges in the context of rapid development in information technology and communication.
“The web of global interdependence is growing complex,” said PM Dahal. “Today, no single country can rely solely upon its own capabilities to address the problem of transnational and organised crimes. The adverse effects of such crimes and criminalities cannot be ignored because crime knows no boundary, and security can no longer be labelled as the agenda of a single country. Thus, cooperation and multilateralism are indispensable.”
Stressing the need to enhance cooperation and collaboration between countries for a safer world, PM Dahal said the gap between rich and poor should be reduced in order keep the threats in check.
Similarly, speaking at the event, Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister Bimalendra Nidhi said the syndicates of criminal gangs and terrorist are united, organised and have a very good rapport among them. “So such conferences will be helpful in curbing these crimes and developing a better cooperation and understanding among law enforcement agencies,” said Nidhi.
He also called on law enforcement agencies to keep in mind the issues of human rights violations as they are often blamed for human rights violations. He added that civilisation will not move in a positive direction if human rights are not respected, protected and preserved.
Likewise, Inspector General of Nepal Police Upendra Kanta Aryal said the biggest challenge for law enforcement agencies today is to act with predictability in the age of uncertainty. Our strengths and limitations both are challenged by criminals, he said.
“Traditional crimes are facilitated and amplified by the Internet. Terrorism, extremism, cybercrime and cyber-enabled crimes, money laundering, human trafficking and smuggling, online child exploitation, wildlife crimes, trafficking of narcotics, match fixing and the list of various new dimensions of transnational crimes may be never-ending,” said IGP Aryal.
In the conference, IGP Aryal will present his views on human trafficking, DIG Nawaraj Silwal will speak on wildlife crime and DIG Bom Bahadur Bhandari will discuss terrorism and trans-border crime.