OAS LAUNCHES SECURE
VIDEO CONFERENCING SYSTEM TO STRENGTHEN COOPERATION IN MUTUAL ASSISTANCE
IN CRIMINAL MATTERS AND EXTRADITION
The OAS General Secretariat, through its Department of Legal
Cooperation of the Secretariat for Legal Affairs and the Department of
Information Services and Technology of the Secretariat for
Administration and Finance, officially launched the secure
videoconferencing system to facilitate cooperation and exchange of
information between central authorities and other government experts on
international legal cooperation with responsibilities in mutual legal
assistance in criminal matters and extradition in the region.
launch took place on Thursday, October 27 by a simultaneous video
conference with representatives of the six countries of the pilot phase
of this important initiative, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia,
Paraguay and Peru. In this event, the most important technical and
substantive aspects with respect to this new system were presented, as
well as the subsequent stages for its consolidation.
The secure videoconferencing system, which is expected in the future to
become an essential tool for gathering evidence and collecting testimony
and declarations as part of the criminal procedures implemented by
Member States, is part of the Hemispheric Information Exchange Network
for Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters and Extradition (Criminal
Matters Network), which is considered as one of the principal
concrete results of the
REMJA process (Meetings of Ministers of
Justice or Other Ministers or Attorneys General of the Americas).
Criminal Matters Network consists of
four components: a public page, a private page, a secure electronic
communication system and the new videoconferencing system. These set of
electronic tools has been acknowledged by the States as helping to
streamline the cooperation and exchange of information between central
authorities and other government experts on international legal
cooperation with responsibilities in mutual legal assistance in criminal
matters and extradition in the region.
For more information visit the OAS
Criminal Matters Network.