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Prosecutors-General Conclude 11th China-ASEAN Prosecutors-General Conference by Signing Joint Declaration

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, 15th August 2018 – The 11th China-ASEAN Prosecutors-General Conference has culminated in the signing of a joint declaration by the Prosecutors-General of ASEAN and China. The signing ceremony took place at the Songket Ballroom of the Rizqun International Hotel, Brunei Darussalam.

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In his closing remarks, the Honourable Attorney General of Brunei Darussalam Yang Berhormat Dato Paduka Awang Haji Hairol Arni bin Haji Abdul Majid, stated that this year's Conference convened under the theme, "Enhancing Capabilities and Cooperation in Addressing Cybercrime" could not have been organized at a better and opportune time than now where the threat from cybercrime is multi-dimensional, targeting citizens, businesses and governments alike at a rapidly growing rate. He further stated that Conferences like this provide a vital opportunity for our nations to agree on practical steps to improve l cooperation and represent a substantial demonstration of regional cooperation and reiteration of ASEAN and China's common interest to suppress cybercrime.

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Through the Joint declaration, the Prosecutors-General of ASEAN member states and China reaffirmed their strong commitment to working closely together to address cybercrime and cybersecurity related threats as well as other transnational organised crimes at both national and regional levels.

The Prosecutors-General declared their agreement to formulate, improve and strengthen measures relating to the fight against transnational crime, especially cybercrime, through various measures including working with their respective domestic agencies to improve procedures for cybercrime investigations, the handling of electronic evidence as well as measures protecting children against online sexual violence and to evaluate the effectiveness of such measures on a regular basis. They also agreed to enhance the specialisation of prosecutors and consider the establishment of specialised prosecution units to guide or assist other prosecutors in cases involving cybercrime and electronic evidence in their own countries.

The Prosecutors-General also agreed to further explore initiatives for the purpose of strengthening the capacity of prosecutors in handling transnational crimes, including the exchange of prosecutors, training of prosecutors and sharing of experience and expertise in implementing and enforcing laws and measures to combat cybercrime and cybersecurity threats as well as agree to strengthen cooperation with local law enforcement agencies as well as the private sector in their own countries in order to ensure an effective criminal justice response against cybercrime.

In addition to this, the Prosecutors-General were also in agreement of the need to emphasise greater awareness of cybercrime and its associated risks  and made a commitment to create more awareness and a better understanding of cybercrime threats through providing public information, especially to children and the younger generation.

The Joint declaration also emphasizes the important role played by the China-ASEAN Prosecutors-General Conference since its inception in 2004 in combatting transnational crime, protecting social welfare and upholding national stability, thus contributing to promoting ASEAN-China relations as well as regional and international peace, stability and prosperity.  The Joint Declaration further noted the increasing importance accorded by ASEAN to addressing cybercrime and cybersecurity related issues through various ASEAN mechanisms as well as the continued efforts of international organisations such as the International Association of Prosecutor (IAP) and its sub organisation Global Prosecutor E-crime Network (GPEN), the International Police Organization (INTERPOL) and the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC), to tackle the scourge of cybercrime through coordination, international cooperation and capacity building initiatives.

The Honourable Attorney General, Yang Berhormat Dato Paduka Awang Haji Hairol Arni bin Haji Abdul Majid signed the joint declaration together with H.E. Mr Zhang Jun, Prosecutor General of the Supreme People's Procuratorate of the People's Republic of China, H.E Madam Chea Leang, Prosecutor General of the Kingdom of Cambodia, H.E Dr Arminsyah, Vice Attorney General of the Republic of Indonesia, H.E. Mr. Xaysana Khotphouthone, Deputy Supreme People's Prosecutor of the Lao People's Democratic Republic, H.E. Datin Paduka Zauyah Be binti T. Loth Khan, Solicitor General II of Malaysia, H.E. Mr. U Win Myint, Deputy Attorney General of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, H.E. Mr. Lucien Wong, S.C, Attorney-General of the Republic of Singapore, H.E. Mr. Nattachak Pattamsingh na Ayuthaya, Inspector General, Office of Attorney General of the Kingdom of Thailand and  H.E. Dr Tran Cong Phan, Deputy Prosecutor General of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.


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