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States Evaluated Progress In Legislation Against Cyber-Crime At Paraguay Workshop

Representatives from executive, legislative and judicial institutions from Costa Rica, Guatemala, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, Paraguay and Uruguay met in Asuncion, Paraguay, for a workshop held from October 13-15, 2009, to analyze the progress made and the steps that should be taken with respect to legislation to prevent, investigate and sanction cyber-crime.

The Workshop on Cyber-Crime legislation was held thanks to the sponsorship of the United States Department of Justice, the Government of Paraguay and the OAS General Secretariat, through the Department of Legal Cooperation of the Secretariat for Legal Affairs.

This meeting was carried out in furtherance of the recommendations of the Working Group on Cyber-Crime, within the framework of the Meetings of Ministers, Prosecutors, or Attorneys General of the Americas (REMJA), and in follow-up to a similar meeting that was held in Bogota, Colombia, in 2008, at which the participating countries presented significant legislative advances in this field.

At the workshop, which had presenters from the U.S. Department of Justice, the General Secretariat of the OAS, the Council of Europe and the University of Buenos Aires, the experts examined, exchanged information, and provided reciprocal assistance in improving the substantive and procedural aspects of domestic cyber-crime legislation, as well as international cooperation, taking into account what is provided in this regard in the Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime.

The Workshop in Paraguay is a part of a broader program of cooperation, sponsored by the Government of the United States though its Department of Justice, and the OAS General Secretariat, in furtherance of which sub-regional meetings have also been held over the past two years in Trinidad and Tobago, Colombia, Chile and Panama.  Additional information about these workshops and OAS-REMJA activities to support the fight against cyber-crime can be found on the “Inter-American Cooperation Portal on Cyber-Crime”, at


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