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Posted: Tuesday, October 4, 2022. 11:33 am CST.

Photo Credit: National Assembly

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: National Assembly members last Friday, September 30, participated in an awareness workshop on the universality of the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime.

The National Assembly said in a press release that it conducted the workshop in collaboration with the Council of Europe (COE), organized through the GLACY+ Project, and the Forum of Presidents of the Legislative Powers of Central America and the Caribbean Basin (FOPREL).

Members of the House of Representatives and the Senate participated in the workshop held at the NEMO Training Room at the NEMO Building in Belmopan.

The cybercrime workshop started with remarks by Speaker Valerie Woods, FOPREL’s Executive Secretary Dr. Santiago LeClair, and FOPREL’S Executive Secretary of the Cybercrime Convention Committee Division Alexander Seger.

Seger and Claudio Peguero, Advisor on Cybercrime Matters at the Dominican Republic’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, then spoke on the Budapest Convention, its impact and benefits, and the process of accession. They also spoke on capacity building on cybercrime and electronic evidence in Belize, the state of play, challenges and solutions, and the role of the policymakers in strengthening the criminal justice response to cybercrime.

“Member present at the workshop agreed there is a need to sensitize Members of the National Assembly on Belize’s laws on cybercrime which would assist in understanding the call for accession to the convention and welcomed future collaborative opportunities that can assist in this effort,” said the National Assembly press release.

The workshop was a follow-up event to an advisory mission on Harmonization of Legislation on Cybercrime and Electronic Evidence that was held on February 10-13, 2020.

“The advisory mission produced a legislative assessment containing comments on the Cybercrime Bill of Belize and drafting recommendations, aimed at harmonizing the national legislation on cybercrime and electronic evidence with the provisions of the Budapest Convention,” said the press release.

The National Assembly said that through the collaboration with FOPREL and COE, Belize enacted its first legislation on cybercrime in October 2020.

Representative Elvia Vega-Samos thanked the organizers for their presentations on behalf of the National Assembly.

 

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