‘UAE active player in fight against human trafficking’

ABU DHABI — Dr Anwar Mohammed Gargash, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, and Chairman of the UAE National Committee to Combat Human Trafficking (NCCHT), said that the UAE had joined the Group of Friends United against Human Trafficking, a coalition of 20 countries, out of its firm and active commitment as a responsible member of the international community to combating all forms of crimes related to human trafficking.

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Published: Thu 21 Oct 2010, 12:33 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 4:31 PM

He said the UAE is also making strenuous efforts to counter spread of these crimes because of their political, social and cultural bearings.

“Partnerships between countries and broadening the scope of joint cooperation will enhance their collective coordination at all fronts and upgrade and unify laws and legislations so as to empower government competent bodies to enforce adequate measures to provide protection and assistance to victims of human trafficking and help eradicate the international phenomenon,” Dr Garagsh said on the occasion of the UAE participation in the Group’s first ministerial meeting which was held recently in New York to step up efforts against modern-day slavery.

The UAE team was led by Reem Al Hashimi, UAE Minister of State.

“The extent of the NCCHT as a dynamic member of the international community has been demonstrated through its accession to and conclusion of, a series of international relevant conventions and associations as well as its active engagements in regional and international forums, cooperation with governments and non-government agencies in friendly countries,” he added.

The minister said, Ewaa, shelter for women and child victims of human trafficking, provides temporary refuge to victims who are entitled to receive rehabilitation and further assistance such as medical and psychological support.

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime applauded the initiative led by 20 countries namely Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bolivia, Ecuador, Egypt, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Libya, Nicaragua, Nigeria, the Philippines, Qatar, the Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, the UAE, Uzbekistan and Venezuela, to create the Group of Friends United against Human Trafficking in February 2010.

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