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On October 18-19, 2022, the CARICC delegation headed by Director R.Miralizoda took part in the high-level international conference “International and Regional Border Security and Management Cooperation to Counter Terrorism and Prevent the Movement of Terrorists” in Dushanbe.

President of the Republic of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres opened the event. High-level representatives of the European Union, OSCE, China, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Qatar and other states also made presentations at the conference.

The conference was aimed at promoting international cooperation to improve border and customs controls in order to prevent and detect the movement of terrorists, including foreign terrorist fighters (FTFs), illicit trafficking of small arms and light weapons, conventional ammunition and explosives, nuclear, chemical, biological or radiological weapons and materials.

This forum supported the implementation of additional measures on border security and management, criminal justice, and information sharing in accordance with international humanitarian law, international human rights law and international refugee law.

The conference was an integral part of the “Dushanbe process”, which was held in 2018 following the results of the first high-level international conference “Combating terrorism and violent extremism” (Dushanbe, May 3-4, 2018) by the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan in cooperation with institutions UN, OSCE and European Union.

Within the framework of the conference, CARICC Director R.Miralizoda made his statement, in which he drew attention of the participants to the relationship between terrorism and drug trafficking in the financing of terrorist activities at the expense of funds received from the drug business.

In this context, the Director of CARICC advocated close international cooperation in the following matters:

- capacity building in conducting bilateral and multilateral anti-drug operations;

- study of topical problems of the relationship between terrorism and drug trafficking, with the identification and blocking of the use of the Internet space by terrorist organizations and drug groups to realize their criminal intentions.

At the end of the conference, the Dushanbe Declaration on Border Security and Management Cooperation to Counter Terrorism and Prevent the Movement of Terrorists was adopted.

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In Astana, the Republic of Kazakhstan, from October 4 to October 5, 2022, an international conference was held on strengthening cross-border cooperation between law enforcement agencies of Central Asia in the field of combating human trafficking.

The event was organized by the OSCE Program Offices in Astana and Dushanbe.

During the conference, topical issues in the field of combating human trafficking in the countries of the region, best practices and experience of the OSCE participating countries in strengthening the institutional response of states to cases of human trafficking were considered.

The format of the conference included discussions, exchange of experience, knowledge and best practices on combating human trafficking in the OSCE region with a focus on Central Asia.

The conference was attended by CARICC analyst Barzu Avazzoda, who made a presentation on "CARICC as a leading platform for regional and international cooperation in combating drug trafficking and cross-border drug crime."

As a result of the event, the participants developed a number of recommendations to simplify the exchange of information and strengthen cross-border cooperation between law enforcement agencies in Central Asia in the field of combating human trafficking.

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On October 5-6, 2022, a regular meeting of the Working Group of Experts of the Paris Pact on Cross-Border Cooperation was held in a hybrid format on the basis of CARICC in support of the first thematic section of the Vienna Declaration.

The event was attended by over 80 executive and senior level delegates from 24 countries and 10 international organizations.

The welcoming speech was made by Acting Directors of CARICC Mr. Atageldy Ovezovich Yazlyev, Head of the European Union Drug Prevention Program in Central Asia (CADAP-7) Mr. Ernest Robello, UNODC Central Asia International Program Coordinator Mr. Yusuf Kurbonov and UNODC Paris Pact Program Coordinator Mr. Riku Lehtovuori.

The meeting was chaired by the Head of the Coordination Division of the UNODC Border Control Office, Mr. Tofik Murshudlu.

Issues of cooperation were discussed during the two-day event on the elimination of international drug trafficking in the world and the fight against cross-border crime.

In accordance with the program of the meeting, a CARICC employee showed a presentation on the topic: "CARICC activities in support of promoting coordination and data exchange."

As a result of the event, the expert working group of the Paris Pact on cross-border cooperation identified and developed priority recommendations for all participants in the meeting.

In particular, it is recommended to continue to expand and strengthen the exchange of information at the strategic, operational and thematic levels between partners in the Paris Pact, to use the existing secure communication channels for the exchange of information between Interpol and the World Customs Organization, regional and international law enforcement organizations / centers, such as JPC, CARICC , SELEC, GCC-CIC, SCO and others, it is recommended to strengthen mutual cooperation to achieve significant results aimed at combating drug trafficking, as well as other areas in the anti-drug field.

The participants emphasized the importance of interaction through the expansion of international cooperation, the exchange of positive experience and the further development of relations in the field of combating transnational drug crime.

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In the period from September 19 to 23, 2022, the third national simulation training for practitioners on combating human trafficking along migration routes was held on the basis of CARICC.

The organizers were the Law Enforcement Academy under the General Prosecutor's Office of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Karaganda and Almaty Academy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Academy of the Border Guard Service of the National Security Committee of the Republic of Kazakhstan, CARICC, the US Embassy in the Republic of Kazakhstan, the OSCE Program Office in Nur-Sultan and Winrock International.

The event was attended by over a hundred representatives of special and law enforcement agencies, social services, labor inspection, non-governmental organizations of the Republic of Kazakhstan, as well as international organizations.

Welcoming remarks were made by the Director of the Institute for Professional Training of the Academy of Law Enforcement Agencies under the General Prosecutor's Office of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Mr. Akaev Magomed Magomedzapirovich, the Head of the OSCE Program Office in Nur-Sultan, Mr. Volker Frobart, Acting Directors of CARICC Mr. Yazlyev Atageldy Ovezovich, as well as Director of Winrock International Ms. Eleanor Valentine.

The format of the simulation training provided for the creation of conditions and situations aimed at simulating the actual commission of a criminal act in order to develop practical skills for specialists in the timely detection, methods of detention, suppression and methods of investigating certain types of crimes and assisting their victims, as well as to develop further measures to solve problems and problematic issues related to human trafficking, including their involvement in drug trafficking.

One of the main tasks of the simulation training was to develop methods of interaction within the framework of interdepartmental investigative and operational groups to identify persons involved in illegal human trafficking and drug trafficking.

The participants of the simulation training exchanged expert opinions, experience and best practices on the issues of investigation and suppression of crimes related to illegal trafficking of people and their exploitation in clandestine laboratories, as well as coercion to transport narcotic drugs across the state border.

Participants and organizers of the training noted the high practical value of events held in this format.

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In Almaty on 23 September 2022, CARICC delegation met with the US delegation headed by Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) Ms Lisa A. Johnson.

At the meeting, CARICC Director R. Miralizoda informed the American side about the current activities, achievements and proposed initiatives of the Center, which is one of the large-scale projects of UNODC.

It was noted that since 2020, under the coordination of CARICC, together with partners, 7 short-term anti-drug operations have been successfully carried out, more than 700 kg of drugs have been seized. Currently, CARICC acts as a link in the planning and implementation of four more operational developments.

Director of the Center drew attention to the analysis of the information received by CARICC, which testifies to the deterioration of the drug situation in the region, primarily in relation to the threat of the spread of synthetic drugs, including using the Internet.

Taking into account the development of the drug situation in the region against the background of the current situation in Afghanistan, it was proposed to make wider use of CARICC's capabilities to implement new UNODC initiatives in Central Asia.

In turn, Ms Lisa A. Johnson said that the United States has been one of the main donors to CARICC since the launch of the UNODC project "On the Establishment of CARICC". She expressed hope for the further development of CARICC together with its member states in organizing its activities and conducting anti-drug operations. She noted that the joint funding of the Center by its member states will be the next stage in the development of CARICC as a regional information and coordination tool to combat transnational challenges and drug trafficking threats.

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On September 20, 2022, in Lisbon (Portugal), a meeting of the CARICC delegation headed by the Director Major General of Militia R.Miralizoda with the delegation of the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) headed by the Director A.Goosdeel took place.

The meeting was organized in accordance with the Plan of Main Events of CARICC for the 2nd half of 2022 in order to discuss priority areas of cooperation between the two centers.

The CARICC Director informed the EMCDDA delegation about the Center's current activities and proposed initiatives.

In order to intensify practical interaction with the specified European analytical center, the head of CARICC proposed:

  • to establish direct contacts between CARICC and EMCDDA for the exchange of information and experience;
  • - carry out a regular exchange of information on combating the spread of synthetic drugs in the countries of Central Asia and the European Union.

In turn, the EMCDDA experts informed about the trends in the development of the drug situation in the countries of the European Union, including against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic and the post-COVID period. The European side provided information on the spread of synthetic drugs in the Eurozone states, and expressed interest in monitoring the drug situation in Afghanistan.

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As part of the component to strengthen cross-border cooperation in Central Asia through the formation of information networks in the departments responsible for ensuring border security of Sub-program 1 of the UNODC Program for the Central Asian States from 12 to 16 September 2022 at the Faculty of Retraining and Advanced Training of the Higher Military Customs Institute of the State Customs Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Tashkent, CARICC employees conducted a basic training course on the operation of geoinformation software ESRI "ArcGIS" and "SAS Plaet".

During the training, the basic theoretical knowledge and practical skills in organizing and conducting strategic data analysis using geoinformation software products were provided to participants.

The training course based on a combination of several teaching methods, according to the principle: story-show-consolidation of the material covered by solving practical exercises using MS Excel and geoinformation software.

The participants of the training course noted that the training material met their expectations and was of practical interest for organizing and conducting strategic data analysis. Also, the task force assured event organizers and instructors that learning how to use ArcGIS software and its subsequent application will increase the capacity of employees in the field of strategic data analysis.

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On September 2, 2022, students of the Faculty of Initial Professional Training of the Almaty Academy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan named after M. Esbulatov visited CARICC.

The meeting was also attended by the leadership and teaching staff of the aforementioned Academy, as well as the Interdepartmental Center for the Training of Specialists in Combating Drug Crime.

The delegates were briefly provided with information about the main activities of the Center and the prospects for its development, analytical products of CARICC, the current drug situation in its countries, as well as the results of work in the field of combating transnational drug crime, including the detection of clandestine laboratories using the potential of CARICC.

In addition, a constructive exchange of views and experience in the anti-drug sphere took place with the participants of the meeting.

Based on the results of the above visit, within the framework of continuous cooperation between CARICC and the Almaty Academy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan, representatives of this educational institution expressed gratitude to the CARICC employees for conducting an introductory training and noted that such events contribute to improving their professional level and skills.

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