APP67-25 SHANGHAI: May 25 – Hon’ble Chief Justice of Pakistan at the Opening Ceremony of the 13th Conference of the Presidents of the Supreme Courts of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation’s Member States. APP

BEIJING, May 25 (APP):The 13th Meeting of Supreme Court Chief Justices from the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member states
held here on Friday, as a prelude to the 18th meeting of the organization’s Heads of State Council to be held next month in Qingdao.
In a congratulatory letter to the meeting, Chinese President Xi Jinping said he expects deepened judicial cooperation within the framework of SCO to fight crimes and resolve disputes more effectively.
He noted that the SCO Supreme Court Chief Justices Meeting, as an important judicial cooperation mechanism of the organization, has played an important role in strengthening the concept of member states’ rule-of-law construction and institutional exchanges and deepening pragmatic cooperation in various fields.
He hoped related parties will deepen judicial cooperation to more effectively combat crime, resolve dispute, create a sound legal environment to facilitate the implementation of the Belt and Road Initiative and promote regional development.
It may be mentioned here that as emphasized in the joint statement on the results of the 12th Chief Justices Meeting held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan in October 2017, cooperation between the supreme courts in the SCO member states is based on the
principles of mutual trust, friendship, neighborliness, stability and mutual understanding, as well as of ensuring peace and security in the region.
Since it was founded in 2001, combating corruption and related transnational organized crimes such as money laundering
has been a persistent theme of judicial cooperation among the SCO members. So far, all SCO member states are parties to the
United Nations Convention Against Corruption of 2003, and China has effective bilateral agreements and extradition treaties with
all other six SCO members, except India.
This lays a solid institutional foundation for the judicial organs of the member states to cooperate under the UN Convention framework.