Commissioner, Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Home Ministry of the Republic of China (Taiwan)
The World Drug Report 2018 published by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) noted that North America as well as East and Southeast Asia were key regions in the production and consumption of amphetamines. Another 2019 report indicated that large-scale criminal and financial groups from Macao, Hong Kong, China and Thailand, in collaboration with Taiwanese criminal networks and drug manufacturers, had become the main producers and transporters of methamphetamines and other drugs in Southeast Asia.
As a result of the connection and cooperation between international drug trafficking groups, drug trafficking is increasingly controlled from other countries. In addition, the sale and trafficking of drugs are highly organized and spread over various regions, making it difficult for countries with jurisdiction to investigate and control different aspects of these criminal networks such as production, transport, sale and cash flow.
Taiwan, due to political factors, cannot participate in meetings organized by UNODC and INTERPOL and does not have access to key information shared instantly. This has created a serious gap in global efforts to fight drug-related crime, public safety and terrorism.
Despite the difficult circumstances, Taiwanese law enforcement authorities have spared no effort to combat transnational crime, successfully uncovering many cases. Although Taiwan tries to get up-to-date criminal information through bilateral channels, many countries prefer not to cooperate because of political considerations. Only by participating in INTERPOL will Taiwan be able to overcome political obstacles to obtaining information from criminals, protecting border security and co-operating with other police forces to combat transnational crime.
Transnational crime such as drug trafficking often involves different countries and regions, creating different points of interpretation in the investigation. With crime methods constantly evolving, it is of paramount importance that some countries can learn from each other’s experience. In addition, telephone and internet frauds have crossed national borders and become well-organized and structured international criminal groups.
Ensuring global security and social justice must prevail over any regional, ethnic or political differences. We request your support for Taiwan’s attendance at INTERPOL’s General Assembly as an Observer, as well as its meetings, mechanisms and training activities. We urge everyone to speak out in favour of Taiwan in international fora, supporting Taiwan’s pragmatic and meaningful participation in international bodies.
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