2015 Nov 22
November 22, 2015

Asean inks anti-human trafficking pact

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Sets forth goals to prevent and combat human trafficking and to ensure just punishment of traffickers, to protect and assist victims and to promote cooperation among related parties to achieve objectives.

KUALA LUMPUR: All 10 Asean member nations yesterday cemented an agreement to unanimously stamp out human trafficking.

The signing of the Asean Convention Against Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children (ACTIP) by the respective heads of state and governments during the 27th Asean Summit here, establishes the legal framework for the region to tackle the issue and establish mechanisms to protect victims.

Following the signing ceremony, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak handed the memorandum to Asean secretary general Le Luong Minh.

This formalises an understanding over the issue that was first tabled during the 2011 Asean Summit in Indonesia, following which each member governments had appointed ministers in charge of transnational crimes.

The ACTIP sets forth goals to prevent and combat human trafficking and to ensure just punishment of traffickers, to protect and assist victims and to promote cooperation among related parties to achieve objectives.

Asean leaders stressed that human trafficking victims, who are mostly women and children, must be protected under international laws and conventions. ACTIP was mooted in 2011 at the 18th Asean Summit in Jakarta. It is the second convention for the grouping after the Asean Convention on Counterterrorism was signed in Cebu, the Philippines in 2007. – BY Syed Azahedi – 21 November 2015

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