Author: The WJC

Addressing the nexus between transnational corruption, environmental crimes, and other serious organised crime at the 21st IACC
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Addressing the nexus between transnational corruption, environmental crimes, and other serious organised crime at the 21st IACC

The Wildlife Justice Commission was present at the 21st International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC), the world's largest anti-corruption forum that unites all sectors and movements to tackle the challenges that corruption poses to the global order, in Vilnius, Lithuania. Our aim in attending the conference was to raise awareness of the role of corruption in facilitating environmental crimes and to provide concrete recommendations to address these issues.

The Wildlife Justice Commission publishes its 2023 Annual Report
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The Wildlife Justice Commission publishes its 2023 Annual Report

The Wildlife Justice Commission is thrilled to announce the publication of its 2023 Annual Report, highlighting a year of remarkable achievements. Throughout 2023, our unwavering commitment to disrupting transnational criminal networks involved in wildlife trafficking led to significant successes in countries such as Nigeria, South Africa, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Malaysia, where we played a crucial role in facilitating substantial arrests. 

Major breakthrough: Nigerian authorities arrest two key ivory traffickers connected to recent seizure in Vietnam
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Major breakthrough: Nigerian authorities arrest two key ivory traffickers connected to recent seizure in Vietnam

In a landmark joint operation, the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), supported by the Wildlife Justice Commission has successfully arrested two major wildlife traffickers in Nigeria. These arrests are linked to the significant seizure of 1.58 tonnes of ivory at Lach Huyen International Port, Hai Phong, Vietnam on 27 March 2024.

Wildlife Justice Commission applauds Thai authorities for significant seizure in combatting the illegal live pet trade 
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Wildlife Justice Commission applauds Thai authorities for significant seizure in combatting the illegal live pet trade 

In a significant blow to the illegal live pet trade, Thai law enforcement agencies, acting on intelligence provided by the Wildlife Justice Commission, have executed a significant operation on 1 May 2024. The operation resulted in the arrest of six suspects and the seizure of 1,076 radiated tortoises and 48 lemurs, concealed within 41 boxes and 11 cages respectively, while being transported in a four-vehicle convoy in Chumphon Province, Southern Thailand.

Advocating for intelligence-led approaches and enhanced cooperation to combat crimes in the fisheries sector
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Advocating for intelligence-led approaches and enhanced cooperation to combat crimes in the fisheries sector

To shed light on the multifaceted challenges posed by illegal activities in our oceans, the Wildlife Justice Commission and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) co-organised a Satellite Event titled “From Surviving to Thriving: Combatting Crimes in the Fisheries Sector for Healthy and Resilient Oceans”, as part of the UN Ocean Decade Week.

Arrest of four wildlife traffickers in joint operation with Nigeria Customs Service
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Arrest of four wildlife traffickers in joint operation with Nigeria Customs Service

Demonstrating the ongoing commitment of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) to combat wildlife crime, three suspected wildlife traffickers were apprehended in Nigeria on 4 February 2024, with a fourth arrest made on 6 February 2024. This successful operation was a joint intelligence-led investigation by the NCS and the Wildlife Justice Commission, targeting illicit wildlife supplier networks.