SAWEN cooperates in INTERPOL Operation

Four SAWEN member countries; Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, and Nepal took part in an INTERPOL coordinated Operation; PAWS II (Protection of Asian Wildlife Species). Operation PAWS is an intensive investigative operation focusing on joint investigation of significant transnational wildlife crime cases. The operation conducted during the period of April and May 2015 resulted in significant seizures and arrests in the participating countries demonstrating an example of coordinated law enforcement with systematic intelligence exchange and analysis. "SAWEN is committed to enhancing cross country coordination in curbing the wildlife crime. The operations like PAWS II provide opportunities for the countries to work together in bringing down the trans-border criminal networks and at the same time building cooperative relations and boosting confidence of the countries for such trans-border efforts" said Mr. Tikaram Adhikari, the Chief Enforcement Coordinator of SAWEN. Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam were the other participating countries in the operation. Australia, Canada, Russia, and the United States participated as supporting countries. Along with SAWEN, USAID and the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) supported the operation. Please read the INTERPOL media release for more: