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Summary of WAAF Second International Conference



Date: January 26, 2004

Second International Conference “World Community against the Globalization of Crime and Terrorism” finished its work on January 21. Nowadays neither coalitions, nor separate countries are able to assure security of their citizens from infringements of transnational terrorist organizations. This fact was established by participants of Second International Conference “World Community against the Globalization of Crime and Terrorism” that was started on January 20.

The Conference was held on 20-21 January, with World Anticriminal and Antiterrorist Forum (WAAF) as its main organizer - an international non-government organization, its headquarters is situated in Berlin. WAAF Chairman of the Board, the former minister of internal affairs of Russia, member of Security Committee of State Duma of Russian Federation, Anatoly Kulikov, noted that new challenges and threats of terrorism were increasing disastrously and at the same time were becoming more and more dangerous and sophisticated.

This sorrowful conclusion in full extent concerns Russia too. In spite of the ending of scaled military operations in Chechnya, the number of terrorism acts on the territory of the country is continuously increasing. If for 2001, the number of such crimes was 339 (57% increase in compliance with the previous year), in 2002 – 407 (+ 20%), in 2003 – 561 (+55,6%), Vladimir Kolesnikov, the deputy of Public Prosecutor General cited at the Conference.

According to A. Kulikov opinion, there will be no radical turn while countries and coalitions count on force. Afghanistan and Iraq were demonstrative evidence, where USA and its allies had changed regimes, but the whole situation didn’t improve and according to some parameters it became worse, Kulikov said.

Most of speakers thought that antagonisms between developed and developing countries today are becoming more and more sharp. Growing polarization is a fertile field for terrorism. Attempts to extirpate terrorism by force lead to situations when terrorists turn from criminals into national heroes, fighters for social justice.

Still, main summary of Second International Conference “World Community against the Globalization of Crime and Terrorism” is to be generalized and reconsidered. Its recommendations will be published at WAAF official site and sent to all participants, but today it is possible to say that the Conference was successful. Participants have made next step to join all progressive efforts against transnational crime and terrorism.

Vladimir Golubev, Director of the Computer Crime Research Center, took part in Section 3 “Modern Technologies” with report on “Electronic Terrorism – a New Face of Terrorism”.

At the suggestion of Chairman of the International Anticriminal and Antiterrorist Forum, member of organizational committee of WAAF, colonel-general A. Chistyakov, CCRC has entered international public organization IAAF in Ukraine.

Goals and objectives of IAAF are, in many respects, in close agreement with goals and objectives of CCRC, namely:

- to contribute to the awareness of the world community of the danger and scale of transnational organized crime and international terrorism, and of the need for an adequate response to the global threats and challenges that international criminality presents^;

- to promote utmost cooperation between all social strata in our common struggle against international crime and terrorism so as to effectively avert these threats^;

- to encourage further development of the international and national legal bases to enhance the efficiency of combating crime and terrorism at the national, regional and global levels^;

- to develop informational, scientific, technical, and logistic support to all entities engaged in programs and projects aimed at combating transnational crime and terrorism^;

- development of the existing and new universal methods aimed at fighting crimes and preventing its further consolidation and increase of influence at global, regional and national levels^;

- assistance to cooperation development and establishing interaction between law enforcement professionals of different countries^;

- connecting countries in development of basic approaches to solving problems of organized crime and terrorism^;

- preparation of recommendations for international legal bases improvement and accordance of legislation in different countries^;

- rendering information, scientific, organizational and material technical support for legal entities and individuals participating in projects and programs aimed at fighting transnational criminality and terrorism^;

- realization of other perspective plans and projects related to activity of WAAF.

In view of the achieved agreement, main directions of IAAF will be expanded and completed in accordance with goals and objectives of CCRC directed to research into computer crime and cyberterrorism and problems of prevention and counteraction to this evil.

Entrance of the CCRC in IAAF, undoubtedly, will favour: better awareness of the state and perspectives of fighting transnational crimes and cyberterrorism, joint search of the most efficient measures on fighting this evil, scientific methodical support for law enforcement.

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