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Several high-ranking law enforcement officials from Monaco travelled to Poland to be part of the 47th European Regional Conference of the International Criminal Police Organisation (IOOP) INTERPOL. Monaco has been an active INTERPOL member, known and appreciated for the rapid execution of cross-border arrests in the past.
The main purpose of these meetings was to invite each member state to comment on ways to improve information gathering and dispersing procedures and to modernise and streamline information sharing.
Proposals were directed toward more efficient ways to fight terrorist threats, by increasing the distribution of biometric data, fingerprints and DNA samples for persons of interest in current cases, and persons known or believed to be risks.
They also addressed how to fight international drug trafficking by focusing on the main culprits, the organised crime syndicates, and ways to lessen their presence. Additionally, the meeting introduced cybercrime experts who are now being used to combat criminal acts committed through the internet, the darknet and social media networks.
The architecturally exciting new home of the International University of Monaco has been officially inaugurated by H.S.H. Prince Albert II and National Council President Stéphane Valeri.
A new photo book paying tribute to the 126 people who work behind the scenes at the Prince’s Palace and his private home, Roc Agel, has been released.
Prince Albert has joined a gathering of the entire Red Cross Movement in Geneva for a conference under the theme: ‘Acting today to shape the world of tomorrow’.
Monaco now has four new Ambassadors from Belarus, Malayia, Mali and the European Union.
The city of Nice has joined other local authorities in suspending the anti-burkini ordinance introduced on August 19. The move followed a ruling of France’s Council of State invalidating a similar ordinance introduced by Villeneuve-Loubet. Menton withdrew its own ordinance on Wednesday night.
The moves mark an important victory for the Committee Against Islamophobia in France and the League for Human Rights. The European Convention on Human Rights declared the local rulings as discriminatory. Under Article 9 of the European Convention, freedom of religion includes the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion, and the freedom to exercise religion or belief publicly or privately, alone or with others. Advocates of repealing the local burkini bans have argued that beach dress is a matter of choice.
Internationally, the burkini bans have been met with incredulity, as police officers patrolled French beaches ordering women to take off more clothes.