Iran calls for collective action against ICT-based criminal activities
Majid Takht Ravanchi made the remarks in a statement to the ad hoc Committee for the elaboration of the Convention on the fight against the use of ICT for criminal purposes.
He said that criminals are exponentially misusing ICTs to carry out their illicit activities which often transcend geographical boundaries.
“As such, a strengthened collective response at the international level within a strong international legal framework, which promotes harmonized and context-specific regulations and establishes standard operating procedures for expedited international cooperation, is much needed,” he said. -he adds.
The Iranian envoy also pointed out that the Islamic Republic has long been one of the strongest supporters of an international convention on cybercrime, and therefore co-sponsored resolution 74/247, under which the Special Committee was established. .
He also commended the invaluable efforts of Russia and China to come up with a draft convention that deserves to be considered as a basis for discussion within the ad hoc Committee.
“With the support of all Member States, we now have before us a unique opportunity to develop an international convention under the aegis of the United Nations. We must first review the rationale for such a process, through which we agree that the convention should, inter alia, aim to effectively promote, facilitate, support and accelerate international cooperation and assist States Parties in the fight against such crimes,” said Takht Ravanchi.
“Our collective response to the use of ICTs for criminal purposes could be well achieved through a vision that cherishes a shared future in cyberspace for all, with equal opportunity and without discrimination,” he noted, adding reported Press TV.
In the meantime, he stressed that a convention on cybercrime should strive to ensure that its signatories respect the fundamental principles of international law, in particular sovereign equality, territorial integrity and non-interference in affairs. interiors of other states.
“In this context and in view of the fact that the promotion of international cooperation between States is intended to be the objective of the convention, no State shall hinder cooperation between other States in the fight against these offences, in particular by adopting unilateral measures to the detriment of any State. party,” the ambassador noted.
“Therefore, Member States should refrain from enacting and applying unilateral coercive measures which, in violation of fundamental principles of international law, impede effective cooperation between Member States and undermine the ability of States to combat ever-changing crimes perpetrated by the use of ICT.