National Committee to Combat Human Trafficking discusses key initiatives on strategic objectives

ABU DHABI: The National Committee to Combat Human Trafficking discussed, during a workshop organised in Abu Dhabi, various initiatives and programmes aimed at enabling the Committee to achieve the best results in its strategic objectives.

The workshop, entitled Application Strategy of National Committee to Combat Human Trafficking’, was attended by representatives from the Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Labour, Ministry of Social Affairs, Ministry of Health, General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs, Dubai Police, federal and local prosecutions, Ewa’a’ Shelters for Women and Child Victims of Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation, Dubai Foundation for Women and Children and the Emirates Human Rights Association.

Dr. Saeed Mohammad Al Ghafli, Assistant Under-Secretary for Federal National Council Affairs in the Ministry of State for Federal National Council Affairs and member of the National Committee to Combat Human Trafficking, said the Committee organised the workshop in line with the U.A.E.’s efforts to fight this crime and adopt all necessary steps to protect human dignity and rights guaranteed under global and local laws.

The workshop highlighted three main themes, including “Arab Strategy to Combat Human Trafficking”, “Global Initiative to Combat Human Trafficking” and “Strategy of the National Committee to Combat Human Trafficking” based on the five pillars of Prevention, Judicial Prosecution, Punishment, Protection, and International Cooperation.

During the workshop, the Committee explained the initiatives and programmes related to the Prevention pillar, which aims to prevent such crimes by improving the execution of laws, increasing public awareness, exchanging information, collecting data and identifying the international best practices in this area.

Under the Judicial Prosecution pillar, the Committee stressed the promotion of methods of tracking trafficking crimes, developing workers’ skills, and increasing communication between various entities concerned in the U.A.E.. It also discussed the need to establish a unified system for criminal cases of human trafficking, and developing cooperation with traffickers’ countries.

Under the Punishment pillar, the Committee emphasised consolidating legislative laws, improving local laws, and ensuring quick and fair trials as well as protecting the rights of the victims.

Focusing on the Protection pillar, the Committee examined measures such as establishing a fund for the victims and providing for their rehabilitation, vocational training and employment, involving non-governmental organisations, civil society institutions and the private sector.

Under the International Cooperation pillar, the Committee called for effective communication between states and regional and international organisations, signing of Memorandums of Understanding, executing international commitments, and providing training to local employees by international experts.