Jan 18, 2019, 12:03 PM
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EC asked to expedite Palermo accession bill investigation

Tehran, Jan 18, IRNA – The Expediency Council (EC) has been asked to expedite investigation of the bill on Iran's accession to the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (known in Iran as Palermo).

Vice-President for Legal Affairs Laiya Joneydi told the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) that the bill on Iran's accession to Palermo is now on the EC table and the EC chairman has been asked to expedite its investigation.

Joneydi said after the bill on anti-money laundering, which was ratified by the EC, it should be decided as soon as possible whether Iran will join Palermo and the convention against the funding of terrorism (CFT).

She said now, a working group has been formed to study Iran's accession to Palermo and the bill is expected to be raised in the EC soon.

She added that furthermore, the CFT accession bill, which has not yet received the Guardian Council (GC) consent, should be amended and ratified within shortest possible time.

She went on to comment on the role of ratification of the bills and said absolutely, ratification of the bills will pave the way for accession to Financial Action Task Force (FATF) and facilitate implementation of Europe financial mechanism.

The Palermo Convention is a multilateral treaty adopted by the UN General Assembly resolution of 15 November 2000.

It opened for signature by governments in Palermo, Italy, in December 2000 and its was signed by 147 governments, including Iran.

The Convention is further supplemented by three Protocols, including the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children; the Protocol against the Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea and Air; and the Protocol against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, their Parts and Components and Ammunition. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) sponsors the Convention and the protocols thereto.
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