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Last Thursday, November 10, 2012, the Permanent Council of the OAS, in fulfillment of mandates received from the OAS General Assembly and those contained in the Report of Washington, which governs the REMJA process (Meetings of Ministers of Justice or other Ministers or Attorneys General of the Americas), convened the Seventh Meeting of the REMJA Working Group on Cyber-Crime, to be held on February 6 and 7, 2012.

At this meeting the problems that have been detected in this field will be analyzed, as well as the progress achieved in international cooperation in this area.  In addition, new concrete actions will be agreed upon in order to continue strengthening the collective action of OAS Member States to face this problem. The recommendations that result from this meeting will be considered by the Ministers of Justice, other Ministers and Attorneys General of the Americas at their next meeting, which will take place in San Salvador, El Salvador, in 2012.

Cybercrimes are a product of the information and technology era. Due to their nature, in many aspects, they cannot be treated in the same manner as traditional crimes. They are in essence international crimes. In the face of these crimes, the vulnerability of a State may ultimately affect any other State with which it is connected. For this reason, isolated actions taken by some States are not sufficient. Cooperation between States is essential. This presents tremendous challenges: legal, technological, specialization, training, and international assistance and cooperation.

As a result of the recommendations of the REMJA Working Group on Cyber-Crime, during the last few years, among others, sixteen regional training workshops have been held for the development of legislation and other tools for the investigation and prosecution of these crimes; an Internet Portal has been created, which includes a component for the exchange of information between national authorities; and cooperation has been strengthened with other international organizations with activities in this area, such as the Council of Europe.

Additional information on the meeting and the activities of the REMJA Working Group on Cyber-Crime, supported by the Technical Secretariat of the REMJA under the direction of the Department of Legal Cooperation of the OAS Secretariat for Legal Affairs, can be found at:


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