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UAE keen to curb human trafficking

posted on 01/03/2009: 749 views



The UAE is taking effective steps to combat human trafficking, the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Chairman of the UAE National Committee to Combat Trafficking, Dr Mohammed Anwar Gargash, said on Saturday.

He said human trafficking was against Islam and the heritage and ethics of the UAE society.

"It is important to show the whole world that the Arab region is serious in combating human trafficking and many efforts are being taken to attain this objective,” the minister added.

Dr Gargash was addressing a ceremony to present certificates to the participants of a two-day workshop organised by the committee in cooperation with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), Geneva, at the Dubai Police Academy.

"This workshop is part of the committee's strategy to combat human trafficking,” Dr Gargash said.

"Our collaboration with the IOM forms a part of a series of training programmes to enhance the skills of UAE law enforcement and public prosecutors in combating trafficking, by identifying trafficking crimes effectively and dealing with it seriously,” he said.

Mr. Richard Danziger, head of IOM's anti-trafficking division, appreciated the enthusiasm shown by the participants, who were keen to learn more about international best practices in combating trafficking.

"We are keen on transferring our expertise in combating trafficking to enhance the skills of relevant bodies in the UAE,” Mr. Danziger said. "IOM may propose additional, more in-depth training on specific aspects of preventing trafficking in persons, protecting victims, and prosecuting traffickers,” he added.

A group of experts from IOM trained the participants in the international legal framework of trafficking and ways to identify victims of the crime. The workshop also highlighted the anti-trafficking laws in the UAE.

The workshop featured case studies on trafficking issues and techniques to identify victims, including simulated role-plays with members of UAE law-enforcement agencies acting out the role of both the interviewer and the victim.

Participants from UAE law enforcement and representatives of UAE shelters were briefed on how to interview potential victims and analyse methods of prosecuting trafficking cases in the country.

Dr Gargash awarded the certificates to the participants in the presence of executive director at the Ministry of State for the Federal National Council Affairs Dr Saeed al Ghufli, director of Dubai Police Academy Brigadier Mohammed Ahmed bin Fahad and Mr. Danziger. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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