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Regional workshop on cybercrime units and law enforcement capacities in Central Asian participating States and Afghanistan



This workshop, organized by the TNTD/SPMU and OSCE Programme Office in Astana, will enhance the capacities of law enforcement agencies in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Afghanistan in investigating cyber crime, including through cyber crime units, as well as strengthen the information exchange mechanisms in the whole region


The OSCE Annual Police Experts Meetings organized in 2008 and 2012 for all OSCE participating States and Partners for Co-operation, were devoted to “Fighting the Threat of Cyber Crime”. Participants, including experts from criminal justice institutions, academia and the private sector, highlighted the importance of developing specialized cyber crime units staffed with competent and trusted experts.

Since then, the OSCE Field Operations in Central Asia organized several activities dealing with cyber crime at the national level.

In 2014, the OSCE organized its first regional training for law enforcement officers in Central Asia on the topic. The practical one-week training course, devoted to “Computer Forensics and Network Investigations”, was attended by representatives from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.

The 2015 workshop, organized in co-operation the Programme Office in Astana and in co-ordination with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), will aim to further improve the law enforcement capacities in fighting cyber crime, including through cyber crime units as well cross-border exchange of information in the whole region.

This workshop will further implement the mandates set up, inter alia, by PC.DEC/1049. According to this decision, the OSCE “facilitates, at the regional and national levels, capacity-building and the exchange of information and best practices in investigating cyber crime and dealing with cyber evidence (…) in conformity with human rights, fundamental freedoms and the rule of law” and “assists the participating States in reaching the level of technical expertise required to join the G8 24/7 cyber crime network”.

Practitioners from relevant bodies of law enforcement agencies will elaborate on the current national and regional capacities to fight cyber crime. The target group for the workshop is:

  • Law enforcement officers from the different agencies specialized in cyber crime investigation, including experts from cyber crime units,
  • Heads of cyber crime units of the respective countries.

Moreover, criminal justice experts from the OSCE and UNODC executive structures and representatives of the private sector and academia will share their experiences in supporting cyber crime investigations.

Taking a forward looking perspective, the speakers and participants will be invited to elaborate on several concrete cases related to their field of experience. The aim of these discussions will be to explore the strategic outlook for the further development of the cyber crime law enforcement capacities in Central Asian participating States and Afghanistan. The main findings and outcomes of the meeting will be compiled in a report, which will serve as basis and guidance for further discussions on this topic at the national and regional levels.

The event will be held in Almaty on 11-12 June 2015. Simultaneous interpretation will be provided in Russian and English languages.


Added on
29 Jul 2016
OSCE Programme Office in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
Venue description

Almaty, Kazakhstan

OSCE / Transnational Threats Department / Strategic Police Matters Unit
Experts, Government officials, International organizations, Law enforcement officers
Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan
digital investigation, digital forensics