ASEAN Parliamentarians Resolve to Combat Wildlife Crime. September 2012

AIPA LogoOver 400 parliamentarians convened for the 33rd General Assembly of the ASEAN Inter-
Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) in Lombok, Indonesia and approved a resolution to
strengthen law enforcement and regional cooperation to combat wildlife crime.
The AIPA is a regional parliamentary organization formed to enhance friendship and mutual
cooperation on matters affecting Southeast Asia. The first of its kind, the resolution specifically endorses the efforts of the ARREST program, its implementing partner FREELAND Foundation, and the ASEAN Wildlife Enforcement Network (ASEAN-WEN).
The resolution tasks parliaments to strengthen and harmonize legislation in support of law
enforcement task forces operating under the ASEAN-WEN and will facilitate the formation of parliamentary working groups to establish a regional CITES mechanism in preparation for the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) in 2015. The resolution also calls upon AIPA Member Parliaments to place wildlife crime onto the permanent agenda of the ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting on Transnational Crimes (SOMTC) and ASEANAPOL (ASEAN Chiefs of Police).

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