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Suhakam lauds Asean’s stand on human trafficking

 | November 23, 2015

Commission also wants Asean governments to ensure effective criminal justice response in regard to the crime.

human_traffickingPETALING JAYA: The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) has called on the government to ensure an effective criminal justice response in regard to the crime of human trafficking.

The commission’s acting chairman, Dr Khaw Lake Tee said Suhakam was also demanding the government ensure protection of trafficking victims and smuggled migrants.

“Suhakam commends the Malaysian Government and the Governments of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) for signing the Asean Convention on Trafficking in Persons (ACTIP) during the 27th Asean Summit and Related Summits,” Khaw said in a statement today.

She said the signing of the convention showed a strong commitment among Asean countries to combat the crime of human trafficking.

“The Commission believes that the adoption of the Convention, which is a regional framework that facilitates cooperation and collaboration among Asean member states in conducting investigations and prosecution of persons involved in trafficking, is a strong signal of the commitment of all Asean governments to the fight against trafficking in persons as well as to protect victims of trafficking in the region.”

According to Khaw, the objectives of the Convention as stated in Article 1 of the Convention are to prevent and combat trafficking in persons, especially against women and children as well as to ensure just and effective punishment on traffickers.

“(The objective of the Convention is also) to protect and assist victims with full respect for their human rights including to promote cooperation among the relevant parties in meeting these objectives,” she added.

10 Asean leaders signed a key convention at the 27th Asean Summit in the city on Saturday to protect human trafficking victims as well as to ensure harsh punishment on the perpetrators.


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