Workshop on human trafficking Feb 3-5

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

MORE people are trafficked now than in the entire 350 years of the transatlantic slave trade with an estimate of 800,000 to 2.6 million people trafficked annually worldwide, according to the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

The ASEAN Commission on the promotion and protection of the rights of Women and Children (ACWC) Brunei Darussalam in collaboration with the British High Commission is hosting a three-day workshop on “The Promotion of Access to Justice for Female Victims of Violence in Trafficking Cases” next week.

The workshop aims to produce gender sensitive guidelines on comprehensive support for women who are trafficked. Once produced, the guidelines will be submitted to ASEAN Ministers of Welfare Services for approval and adoption by all ASEAN countries.

“Trafficking is a gross violation of an individual’s rights and dignity. It disproportionately affects the most vulnerable, the large majority being women and children,” said British High Commissioner His Excellency David Campbell.

The workshop is funded by the ASEAN Programme Fund, which is the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s fund for supporting regional integration, conflict prevention and enhancing awareness of human rights and the rule of law within ASEAN countries and ASEAN institutions.

Trafficking of women and children of all ages is an increasing problem is ASEAN, where women are recruited from their home country and transported to the destination country for purposes such as sexual exploitation, forced labour and domestic servitude.

ASEAN has set combating trafficking of women and children as a high priority, increasing efforts to enhance cooperation among member states and also to conform to international standards in handling the problems. All ASEAN members have become parties to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).

ASEAN countries also adopted the 1997 ASEAN Declaration on Transnational Crime which recognises “the urgent need for a comprehensive regional approach to prevent and to combat trafficking in persons, particularly women and children”.

There is often a lack of understanding and awareness among criminal justice actors of problems faced by women victims in accessing justice, and the proposed guidelines aim to remedy this.

The workshop will be held at the Radisson Hotel on February 3-5.

The Brunei Times