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Ministers of Justice or Attorneys General of the Americas (REMJA) V Final Report


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April 29, 2004

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Final Report of the Fifth Meeting of Ministers of Justice or of Ministers or Attorneys General of the Americas

INTRODUCTION

1. Convocation
At its thirty-third regular session, held in Santiago, Chile, Jos´┐Ż, Costa Rica ,the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) adopted resolution AG/RES. 1924 (XXX(((-O/03), as follows:

"To convene the Fifth Meeting of Ministers of Justice or of Ministers or Attorneys General of the Americas (REMJA-V), to be held during the first half of 2004, within the resources allocated in the program-budget of the Organization and other resources..."

It is important to note that in addition to taking into account the report of the Permanent Council on the Fourth Meeting of Ministers of Justice of Ministers or Attorneys General of the Americas, held in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago in March 2002, the OAS General Assembly was mindful of the agreements reached by the Heads of State and Government in the Plan of Action of the Third Summit of the Americas, in which they decided to "continue to support the work done in the context of the Meetings of Ministers of Justice and Attorneys General of the Americas... as well as subsequent meetings, and the implementation of their conclusions and recommendations".

2. Scope of the mandate
Pursuant to the aforementioned resolution AG/RES. 1924 (XXXIII-O/03), the General Assembly instructed the Permanent Council of the OAS to:

1. "[F]ollow up as appropriate on the recommendations of the Meeting of Central Authorities and Other Experts on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters, held in Ottawa, Canada, from April 30 to May 2, 2003, and the recommendations of the initial meetings of the Group of Governmental Experts on Cyber-Crime and the Authorities Responsible for Penitentiary and Prison Policies, to be held on June 23 and 24 and October 16 and 17, 2003, respectively, pursuant to Permanent Council resolution CP/RES. 839 (1359/03).
2. [I]nstruct the Permanent Council to present a report to the General Assembly at its thirty-fourth regular session on the implementation of this resolution.

CHAPTER I

BACKGROUND

1. First Meeting of Ministers of Justice or of Ministers or Attorneys General (Buenos Aires, 1997)



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