Move to curb human trafficking effectively

ABU DHABI — The UAE National Committee to Combat Human Trafficking will act as the official authority handling international requests, inquiries and delegations related to trafficking of persons, according to Dr Anwar Gargash, Minister of State for Federal National Council Affairs.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Wed 25 Jul 2007, 8:28 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 3:19 AM

Presiding over the third meeting of the committee at the Presidential Court in Abu Dhabi on Sunday, Dr Gargash said this was decided by the cabinet in its recent resolution.

He said that the committee was authorised to act as the official authority handling international requests, inquiries and delegations related to trafficking of persons.

The committee will now formulate a joint mechanism to connect the local and federal authorities concerned and receive and process each international request.

Integrated approach

“Every effort is being undertaken on a federal level to fight human trafficking, and through this body we aim to organise these efforts under one umbrella and develop an integrated approach,” Dr Gargash said.

The committee discussed ways to put into action the country’s commitment to combat the crime in all its forms. Its discussion focused on a review of new regulatory and coordination procedures, improvement of data availability, pending cases and prevention measures.

The committee, which is headed by Dr Gargash, also focused on communication mechanism between local and federal government authorities to monitor and track incidents of human rights abuse.

Decision praised

During the meeting, members of the committee praised the recent decision by His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to establish a foundation for the protection of women and children in Dubai in his capacity as ruler of the emirate.

The Dubai Women’s and Children’s Foundation will provide a safe environment, assistance and rehabilitation for women and children who have been at the receiving end of physical and psychological abuse, including human rights abuses such as trafficking.



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