OAS CONVENES MEETING OF AUTHORITIES ON MUTUAL ASSISTANCE IN CRIMINAL MATTERS AND EXTRADITION TO BE HELD IN PARAGUAY
The Permanent Council of the OAS, at its meeting on Friday December, 9, convened the Fifth Meeting of the Working Group on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters and Extradition of the REMJA process (Meetings of Ministers of Justice or Other Ministers or Attorneys General of the Americas), to be held in Asuncion, Paraguay, from May 29 to 31, 2012, pursuant to the mandate of the General Assembly of the Organization and the “Document of Washington” that governs the process of REMJA.
In its address to the Permanent Council, the Delegation of Paraguay said that for its country “... the process of meetings of the REMJA Working Group on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters and Extradition is an important initiative for hemispheric cooperation in the field, which has served as the main forum in the Americas to strengthen cooperation between our countries, for making the necessary recommendations to improve and strengthen mechanisms for extradition and mutual assistance in the region and for facilitating and making more efficient cooperation and information exchange between our central authorities through truly effective tools like the Criminal Matters Networks of the OAS and its secure communication components.”
At this fifth meeting, central and international legal cooperation authorities, as well as other governmental experts responsible for mutual assistance and extradition of the OAS Member States, will consider, among other things, efforts to facilitate the use of new communication technologies for cooperation in mutual assistance in criminal matters and extradition, and model agreements that provide a legal framework for joint investigations and special investigative techniques.
The conclusions and recommendations arising from this meeting will be considered by the Ministers of Justice and Attorneys General of the Americas at its next meeting to be held in San Salvador in 2012.
For more information about this meeting and the developments and activities of this Working Group, please visit the Criminal Matters Network of the OAS.
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