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Statement of Iran before the Third Committee of the 73rd Session of the GA Agenda Items 109 and 110: International Drug Control / Crime Prevention (New York, 4 October 2018)

Statement by Mr. Mohammad Hassani Nejad, Counsellor

on behalf of the Islamic Republic of Iran

before the Third Committee of the 73rd Session of the GA

Agenda Items 109 and 110: International Drug Control / Crime Prevention

(New York, 4 October 2018)

In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

Mm. Chair,

[We acknowledge the reports presented to the Committee under these agenda items.]

[The Islamic Republic of Iran maintains that the three international drug control conventions shape the bedrocks of the international drug control system due to their comprehensive and flexible nature. Iran also continues to call for adoption of a balanced and comprehensive strategy in countering world drug problem at all levels. We further call for expansion of regional and international cooperation for realization of the principle of collective and international shared responsibility.]

For a long time countries like Iran that are positioned at the frontline of countering the world’s illicit drug traffickingbear the brunt of the burden caused by drug traffickers who are typically armed and linked to transnational organized crime and terrorist networks. They cause serious security threats to our society by targeting the social fabric of our communities and stealing our present and future generations. Unfortunately, the international community and relevant partners are yet to deliver their fair share in combating this global menace.

The unprecedented increase in the diversity and volume of drug production in the world should be partly attributed to insufficient reaction of international community.

In the course of its relentless campaign against regional and international armed drug traffickersIran has sustained huge life and property losses.

Meanwhile, within the framework of a balanced strategy on reduction of supply and demand, the government has implemented extensive drug demand reduction programs including prevention, treatment, harms reduction, rehab and social reintegration. Following a community-based approach adopted by the government, more than 85 percent of programs on drug demand reduction are currently provided by NGOs and private sector.

The Government also seeks reduction of prison inmate population by implementing alternative punishment for drug-related offences and harm reduction/ treatment services in prisons. Besides, based on the new amendment to the drug trafficking law which entered into force on November 2017 the death penalty is exclusively reserved for armed drug dealers, traffickers who abuse children for drug trafficking and smuggling of very large quantities of drugs.

Mm. Chair,

Transnational organized crimes continue to pose a serious challenge. Combating this menace requires a global response supported by unreserved commitment of all states to a strengthened international cooperation in criminal matters. Among the organized criminal activities, trafficking in persons, especially women and children, is a matter of great concern and needs the implementation of a comprehensive and coordinated approach including concrete measures to prevent, prosecute and punish the traffickers and to protect the victims, as well as a criminal justice response commensurate to the serious nature of these crimes.

The growing involvement of organized criminal groups in trafficking in cultural property continues to inflict increasing damages to the cultural heritage of our nations, and thus, to our identities. Combating trafficking in cultural property in all situations on the basis of common and shared responsibility in line with the “International Guidelines for Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Responses with respect to Trafficking in Cultural Property and other related Offences” is essential.

[Financial and administrative corruption still represents a major obstacle to the international community by diverting the funds intended for improving the social and economic conditions of societies. Despite the progress made, still much more work needs to be done to effectively prevent, prosecute and punish corruption-related crimes and offences.]

We reiterate also the importance of strengthening the effectiveness of international cooperation in targeting the proceeds of corruption. We underline the innovative nature of the provisions of Chapter V of the UN Convention against Corruption on asset recovery. Such cooperation and assistance requires a genuine political will, prompt actions, and more agile and simpler procedures, while safeguarding the due process of law.

The global nature of cybercrime as an emerging threat continues to pose a formidable challenge to all jurisdictions is remarkable, bearing in mind that no single state can rely solely on its own capabilities to counter it. In this regard, the indispensable leading role of the United Nations in improving the international cooperation and establishing much needed legal frameworks in countering cybercrime shall be sustained and promoted.

The Islamic Republic of Iran strongly condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestation. We believe that elimination of terrorism would only be possible through collective cooperation at regional and international levels. There can be no justification for any inaction, negligence and use of double standards in fighting terrorism. By the same token, violent extremism is a common predicament; which is not confined to a certain region, race, religion, nationality, culture, ethnicity or sect.

In conclusion we underscore that Member states as well as regional organizations and other forum need to avoid any form of ranking of member states for the purposes of international cooperation in related crimes. A comparable concern exists over ranking of Member States in other areas such as corruption, money laundering, trafficking in persons that adversely affects international cooperation in criminal matters. Such rankings -that are subject to political considerations- as well as unilateral actions and sanctions weaken the international cooperation frameworks and Member States’ capabilities to fight against crimes.

Thank you for your attention.

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