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Terrorism and the Internet: Ministers Faurie and Garavano open workshop for the training of judges and prosecutors

05 March 2018
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Today, Foreign Minister Jorge Faurie, the Minister of Justice and Human Rights, Germán Garavano, and the Executive Secretary of the OAS Inter-American Committee against Terrorism, Alison August Treppel, opened the "Workshop on the Use of the Internet for Terrorist Purposes" at the Palacio San Martín.

"New technologies offer major opportunities but also pose challenges due to their potential for malicious misuse. This gives rise to cyberterrorism, economic and financial crimes, electronic fraud, sale of illegal goods, infiltration of computer networks, damage to critical installations and infrastructure, and even acts committed by states to the detriment of other states. Therefore, cybersecurity is a strategic part of global security," Minister Faurie stated.

The Argentine Foreign Minister also explained that "our government is convinced that multilateralism is the most effective way to tackle these challenges" and noted that "international cooperation, in the form of legal assistance, is essential".

"The Argentine Foreign Ministry contributes to the achievement of concrete results in the context of the priorities set out by the Argentine Executive Branch, such as the fight against drug trafficking and transnational crime, and actively participates in regional fora and meetings, where its involvement stands out at a continental level," Minister Faurie stated, highlighting that "the OAS has passed the Model Law on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters based on the proposal put forward by Argentina."

Finally, the Foreign Minister noted that "Argentina is in the process of adhering to the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime, which has already been approved by the Argentine Congress." The Convention, signed in Budapest within the framework of the European Council, entered into force on 1 July 2004 and is the first legally binding international instrument in the field of cybercrime.

The workshop, which is organized by the Undersecretariat for Criminal Policy of the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights of the Argentine Republic, will be attended by over fourty judges and federal prosecutors from across the country, in order to be trained in the fields of money laundering investigation, the financing of cybercrime, legislation on cybersecurity, digital evidence, the use of the Internet for terrorist purposes, virtual currency and blockchain, among other issues.

The speakers include officials from the Organization of American States (OAS), the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), INTERPOL, the Spanish Civil Guard and the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights, as well as representatives from private companies.

The Seminar is supported by the OAS Inter-American Committee against Terrorism (CICTE).


Press release No. 072/18

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