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Post at: Sep 07 2021

8th SCO Meeting of Ministers of Justice

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  • Law Minister Kiren Rijiju on 6th August, 2021 attended the eighth meeting of Ministers of Justice of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).

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  • The three day meeting was hosted by Tajikistan, and chaired by Tajikistan’s Justice Minister, Muzaffar Ashuriyon. 
  • Kiren Rijiju apprised the gathering of legislative and executive measures taken by India in its effort to be UNCAC-compliant.

  • He highlighted that India has framed business friendly laws and rules, including Commercial Courts Act and Arbitration Laws with a view to make India a preferred destination for investment and business.
  • He also highlighted India's move to launch e-Lok Adalat, a tool aimed at offering faster, transparent and accessible option to settle disputes by combining technology and alternative dispute resolution.

About Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO)

  • After the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, the then security and economic architecture in the Eurasian region was dissolved and new structures came up. 
  • The original Shanghai Five were China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan. 
  • The SCO was formed in 2001, with Uzbekistan included.
  • It expanded in 2017 to include India and Pakistan.
  • Since its formation, the SCO has focused on regional non-traditional security, with counter-terrorism as a priority: The fight against the “three evils” of terrorism, separatism and extremism has become its mantra. 
  • Today, areas of cooperation include themes such as economics and culture.
  • Headquarters : Beijing. 


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