15 February 2022
"There is no alternative to diplomacy", said António Guterres regarding a potential military conflict between Ukraine and Russia. "The price in human suffering, destruction and damage to European and global security is too high to contemplate", he highlighted.
International Day against the Use of Child Soldiers: 12 February 2022
GENEVA, New York (11 February 2022) – The UN Child Rights Committee and the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, today jointly call on Member States to ratify the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict (OPAC), to commit to ending and preventing the recruitment of children in their armed forces and to criminalize the recruitment and use of children.
What teens want to know about cyberbullying.
Cyberbullying: What is it and how can we stop it?
UNICEF brought together its specialists, international cyberbullying and child protection experts, and teamed up with Facebook, Instagram, TikTok and Twitter to answer some of the most common questions about online bullying and give advice on ways to deal with it.
Senegalese man, 42, is accused of people smuggling, money laundering and document fraud.
BRASILIA, Brazil – Brazil’s Federal Police have arrested a 42-year old Senegalese national suspected of running a transatlantic smuggling ring.
The arrest represents a major success for Senegal’s national police, which had been tracking the suspect and his associates since 2020. The group’s activities involved smuggling migrants by air from Senegal to Brazil, often via Bolivia.
Europol’s European Counter Terrorism Centre has supported the Spanish National Police (Policía Nacional) in a major crackdown on jihadists, including those operating online. A total of five suspected members of the so-called Islamic State have been arrested in the past two weeks.
Support to actions across Europe against large-scale importers and wholesalers of drugs from Latin America
An international operation involving judicial and law enforcement authorities in eight countries has resulted in the takedown of one of Europe’s most active Albanian-speaking cocaine trafficking networks in Europe. Today, Eurojust and Europol supported a series of actions carried out in Belgium and Spain, during which over 80 places were searched and 45 suspects arrested. These include a number of high-value targets, investigated in multiple high-profile cases in different jurisdictions.
On 1 February, a large-scale Referral Action Day targeting terrorist content online took place at Europol’s headquarters. The European Union Internet Referral Unit (EU IRU) at Europol’s European Counter Terrorism Centre (ECTC) coordinated the referral activity, which saw the involvement of specialised counter terrorism units from France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
The suspects charged between EUR 3 500 and EUR 4 500 per person
Prevention is better than a cure: cybercrime prevention and awareness is key to ensuring that law enforcement operates efficiently and helps build a safer society. Edvardas Šileris, Head of Europol's European Cybercrime Centre, shares his experiences.