No lasting peace without human rights and rule of law

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Yury Fedotov. Photo/UN DPI

Lasting peace and sustainable development cannot be fully realized without respect for human rights and the rule of law, according to the head of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

Yury Fedotov was speaking at an event at the 13th Crime Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice.

It is organized every five years to bring together policy-makers and practitioners working to prevent crime.

Cathrine Hasselberg reports.

The congress opened on Sunday in Doha, the capital of Qatar.

A side event on Monday highlighted how UNODC is committed to what it described as "efforts to oppose the criminals who sabotage the rule of law and sustainable development".

Executive Director Yury Fedotov said the meeting was an excellent opportunity to exchange views and contribute to discussions on this important topic.

"Together we can advance justice and uphold dignity and confront criminals who undermine the rule of law and sustainable development. UNODC is committed to be a part of the UN system efforts to deliver on this promise."

Mr Fedetov added that peace cannot be reached without development, and there can be no development without peace.

He said countries need clear, meaningful targets to uphold their commitments to justice.

Cathrine Hasselberg, United Nations.

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