Int'l crime situation severe
Switzerland: The United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and
Criminal Justice (CCPCJ) opened its 18th session here on Thursday for
discussion of the current international crime situation which was
described as "a global crime wave" by Executive Director of the United
Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Antonio Maria Costa.
Costa said in his opening remarks that "crime has gone global,"
representing a rise of organized crime. He warned that "Organized crime
poses a threat to the security of cities, states, and even entire
regions," adding that the work of the commission is more relevant and
more pertinent than ever.
Costa said that drug cartels spread violence in Central America,
Mexico and the Caribbean, while the collusion between insurgents and
criminal groups threatens the stability of West Asia.
There were also such criminal activities as the smuggling of weapons,
plundering of resources, kidnapping as well as human trafficking in many
parts of the world.
Meanwhile, the gang violence in some cities also became a serious
problem, and cyber-crime and economic fraud turned to be important
criminal ways to thereat citizens and states, Costa said and he
predicted that the economic crisis would deteriorate this situation.
VIENNA, Friday, Xinhua