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UAE reiterates support to international efforts to combat human trafficking

posted on 14/03/2009: 879 views

Geneva - United Arab Emirates has reiterated its support to the international efforts to combat the transnational crime of human trafficking.

Addressing the interactive dialogue held within the framework of the 10th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council at the UN office in Geneva, UAE's permanent representative to UN's European headquarters Obeid Salem Al Za'abi said that UAE fully perceives the graveness of this heinous crime and the war on human trafficking can only be won with all countries of the world joining hands on all fronts.

During the session that lasts from 2 to 27 March, the Council hears reports presented by independent human rights experts on a host of issues that include arbitrary detentions, the use of mercenaries as a means of impeding the exercise of the right of peoples self-determination, the right to food, the issue of human rights obligations related to access to safe drinking water and sanitation, adequate housing as a component of the right to an adequate standard of living and on the right to non-discrimination in this context, the promotion and protection of human rights while countering terrorism, on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, enforced or involuntary disappearances, freedom of religion or belief, minority issues, the situation of human rights defenders, the human rights of internally displaced persons and trafficking in persons especially women and children.

Al Za'abi was addressing the interactive dialogue on the issue of trafficking in persons especially women and children.

He said that the crime is extremely heinous in any perspective of humanity, morality and civilisation. The crime is committed by organised gangs for financial profits trafficking in people for compulsory work, sex, organ trade or even for practicing certain strange religious rituals as the reports proved, Al Za'abi, noted.

Being a transnational crime, it is not easy to protect any country from its penetration as there is not a single country on the planet fortified against this phenomenon, hence the war on this crime can only be won through collective efforts on all fronts, Al Za'abi stressed.

He shed light on the efforts of UAE to combat the crime and the practical programmes aimed at eradicating it. In this regard Al Za'abi noted the legislations in UAE, especially the Federal Law NO.51 (Year 2006) which incriminates the practice of human trafficking.

The National Anti-Human Trafficking Committee recently organised workshops in association with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) with an aim of training the governmental and non-governmental personnel on the latest techniques of combating the crime, he noted. – Emirates News Agency, WAM


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