1 April 2022



IAEA Chief Grossi to Head Assistance Mission to Ukraine’s Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant Next Week

The Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Rafael Mariano Grossi, will head an expert mission to Ukraine’s Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) next week to step up efforts to help prevent the danger of a nuclear accident during the current conflict in the country. The team of IAEA nuclear safety, security and safeguards staff will be in Chornobyl from 26 April to deliver vital equipment and conduct radiological and other assessments at the site, which was held by Russian forces for five weeks before they withdrew on 31 March.


Two million refugee children flee war in Ukraine in search of safety across borders

“The situation inside Ukraine is spiralling,” said UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell. “As the number of children fleeing their homes continues to climb, we must remember that every single one of them needs protection, education, safety and support.”  



UN Secretary-General's remarks to the High-level Pledging Event on Afghanistan

UN Secretary-General António Guterres: 'The international community must find ways to spare the Afghan people from the impact of the decision to halt development support to Afghanistan, and to freeze nearly $9 billion in Afghan assets overseas. ... Our funding appeal for Afghanistan this year is $4.4 billon – the world’s largest appeal for a single country'.





INTERPOL launches centre against financial crime and corruption

The centre will focus on complex money laundering schemes and the use of virtual assets to follow the financial trails of organized crime.

LYON, France – The world police body has launched the INTERPOL Financial Crime and Anti-Corruption Centre (IFCACC) to provide a coordinated global response against the exponential growth in transnational financial crime.


INTERPOL trains the next generation of police leaders

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Promising young police leaders from around the world gathered in Dubai this week to attend the second edition of the INTERPOL Young Global Police Leaders Programme (YGPLP).

The YGPLP is a unique INTERPOL initiative, which guides selected officers on the path to international leadership. It offers participants access to mentoring from experienced high-ranking officers and encourages them to engage with emerging trends in global policing. In this way, the Programme simultaneously equips young police leaders with necessary tools to navigate future challenges and forges stronger networks to effectively fight international crime.



Detecting fraudulent identity documents focus of INTERPOL training

Some 20 border control and immigration officers from Abu Dhabi have been trained in the latest security document examination techniques to help enhance border security checks.

Abu Dhabi, UAE – Some 20  border control and immigration officers from Abu Dhabi have been trained in the latest security document examination techniques to help enhance border security checks.


Ukraine conflict: INTERPOL deploys team to Moldova

The deployment took place at the request of the Moldovan authorities following the surge of Ukrainian refugees entering the countr

LYON, France – The INTERPOL General Secretariat deployed an Operational Support Team to Moldova this week within the framework of the organization’s response to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.





Latvia and Lithuania detain 108 over multi-million euro call centre scam

With the support of Europol and Eurojust, the Latvian State Police (Valsts policija) and the Lithuanian Police (Lietuvos Policija) have detained over 100 people in Riga and Vilnius on suspicion of being involved in an international call centre scam. 

On 24 and 25 March hundreds of officers, including special intervention teams, raided a total of three call centres belonging to the same organised crime group. Its members are accused of defrauding victims across the world.



Love me not: human traffickers earned up to EUR 1 800 per day per victim

Suspects busted in Romania and the UK for human trafficking manipulated their victims with serious physical threats against them and their families back home

The Romanian Police (Poliția Română) and the United Kingdom Intelligence Directorate, supported by Europol and Eurojust, dismantled a criminal network involved in human trafficking for sexual exploitation and money laundering. The suspects were also involved in other criminal activities including aggravated property crime and drug trafficking.


Crackdown on human traffickers in France and Romania

The ‘lover boys’ earned more than EUR 400 000 exploiting vulnerable victims coming from Romania

The French National Police (Police Nationale), the Romanian Police (Poliția Română) and the Spanish National Police (Policía Nacional), supported by Europol and Eurojust, dismantled a criminal network involved in human trafficking for sexual exploitation. For the purposes of this investigation, Europol established an operational task force which led to the identification of the leader of the criminal gang. He was also recognised as a high-value target for this investigation. 



War in Ukraine – refugees arriving to the EU from Ukraine at risk of exploitation as part of THB

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War in Ukraine: Europol deploys operational teams to all frontline partner countries

In view of protecting the European Union and Ukrainian refugees from criminal threats, Europol has deployed operational teams to the frontline European countries neighbouring Ukraine within the framework of the Agency’s response to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. 


More than 5 million potentially dangerous toys seized in 21 countries

The second Europol-coordinated operation Ludus II led to the seizure of hazardous toys with a total value of more than EUR 18 million

Between October 2021 and 31 January 2022, Europol coordinated operation Ludus II targeting trafficking of counterfeit toys and other goods. Ludus II, led by the Spanish Civil Guard (Guardia Civil), Spanish National Police (Policia Nacional) and the Spanish Customs authorities (DAVA) and co-led by the Romanian Police, involved law enforcement authorities from 21 countries in total. The EU Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) and the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) also supported the operation, while the World Customs Organisation (WCO) took part as an observer and provided secure communication with its members to support the operational activities.