Gargash chairs 29th meeting of National Committee to Combat Human Trafficking

WAM Abu Dhabi, Jan 16th, 2013 (WAM) — The National Committee to Combat Human Trafficking (NCCHT) in its 29th meeting under the chairmanship of Dr Anwar Mohammed Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, has discussed suggestions and recommendations to tackle the growing menace of human trafficking, which is posing a threat to the community.

Gargash, praised the efforts of the members of the Committee in checking the prevalence of such crime in cooperation with local and federal entities.

He was briefed on a number of reports, including the report of Arab Initiative to build human capabilities, and the Committee decided to host various activities registered with the initiative within 2013. The Minister pointed out that the UAE supported all the Arab and regional initiatives and was keen to participate in them.

The Committee reported the progress achieved on the Arab report on combating human trafficking, which is being supervised by Arab League and is expected to be released in April 2013.

Speaking on the invitation of Bali Process on People Smuggling, Trafficking in Persons and Related Transnational Crime (Bali Process), Dr Gargash said the country was pleased to join the Bali Process to support the strategy of the of National Committee to Combat Human Trafficking in a number of areas, mainly through international cooperation enhancement.

The Committee also discussed a group of proposals from different organizations, especially the half-year report of Dubai Foundation for Women and Children, lauding the efforts made by the Foundation in this regard.

The Committee urged all the national organizations and local entities interested in human rights and combating trafficking to put in all efforts to issue reports and statistics that meet the demands and aspirations of the committees to build a comprehensive data base.

The meeting also highlighted the steps followed to issue the annual report of the country on human trafficking, which is expected to be issued next March.

Since its inception in 2002, the Bali Process has effectively raised regional awareness of the consequences of people smuggling, trafficking in persons and related transnational crime, and developed and implemented strategies and practical cooperation in response.


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