UN Press Club on the 13th UN Crime Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice – 08 July 2015

Photo3The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Yaounde organized a UN Press Club rencontre on Wednesday 08 July 2015 at the UNIC Conference Room, to raise awareness of the theme of the Doha Congress. Members of some Youth Associations were also in attendance.

The UN Resident Coordinator in Cameroon and UNIC Director; Ms Najat Rochdi who chaired the rencontre emphasized the theme of the congress and focused on links between security, justice and the rule of law, and the attainment of a better, more equitable world. Ms Rochdi quoted UNSG Ban Ki-moon that “There is no peace without development, no development without peace, and there is no lasting peace or sustainable development without respect for human rights and the rule of law” and stated that criminal activities undermine state authority by fuelling corruption and damaging the legitimate economy.

Photo4The Director of the Judicial Police Commissaire Divisionnaire Dili Jacques of the Judicial Police focused on migrant trafficking, highlighting poverty, American/European myths of paradise on earth, absence of viable social reinsertion alternatives, armed conflicts in neighboring countries, and traditional beliefs (teenage marriages in some parts of Cameroon) as major causes of this phenomenon.

Photo5Ms. Tche Irene Morikang; Communications Officer at the National Anti Corruption Commission (CONAC), defined Corruption and browsed through the types and forms of of Corruption as a Crime in Cameroon, its effects on the public, before dwelling on the national and international Instruments being used to deal with Corruption. Mr Besong John of the National Agency for Information Communication and Technology (ANTIC), posits that cybercriminality in Cameroon includes scamming, phishing, web-defacement, skimming, hacking, malware, SIMBOX Fraud. ANTIC has embarked on improving institutional and legal frameworks , Sensitization and Training, Cyber security watch, Information Security Audit, Digital Certification, Regulation of Internet Resources.

Photo6At the end of the rencontre, Panelists, journalists and youths agreed that entry points for combating crimes in Cameroon is the collective responsibility of all citizens to act the way they ought to, denounce all ills committed in the quarters and report them to the Police, acts of corruption reported to CONAC, while ANTIC is there to help resolve the complex issues of cybercrimes.

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