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This past May 16 in Brasilia, the meeting of the Sixth Working Group in Legal Cooperation in Criminal Matters of the OAS/REMJA process concluded with the adoption of a set of concrete recommendations to strengthen mutual legal assistance and extradition in the Americas.


One of the principle outcomes of this meeting, which brought together central authorities and government experts responsible for legal cooperation in criminal matters in the member States of the OAS, was the agreement by consensus of the proposed Additional Protocol to the Inter-American Convention on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters relative to the Use of New Communication Technologies and Hearings by Videoconference, which will be presented at the next Meeting of Ministers of Justice or Other Ministers or Attorneys General of the Americas for its consideration.


Moreover, as part of the work provided for in the agenda, the delegations had the opportunity to consider the proposals presented by Argentina and Chile on a new Inter-American Convention on Extradition and an Additional Protocol to the Nassau Convention on Joint Investigation Teams, respectively, which will be presented for the approval of the Working Group at its Seventh Meeting, to be held in Trinidad and Tobago.


For its part, the OAS General Secretariat, through its REMJA Technical Secretariat (Department of Legal Cooperation) and Department of Information and Technology Services, presented a new platform and technological tools of the Hemispheric Network for Legal Cooperation in Criminal Matters, which was very well received by the delegations. 


The outcomes and recommendations of this Meeting will be presented by Brazil to the Ministers of Justice or Other Ministers or Attorneys General of the Americas at its tenth meeting (REMJA X) for its consideration.


For more information on this meeting and other developments and activities of this Working Group, please visit the Criminal Matters Network of the OAS/REMJA.

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