ABU DHABI, 16th December, 2018 (WAM) — The National Committee to Combat Human Trafficking held its 43rd meeting, chaired by Dr. Anwar bin Mohammed Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Chairman of the Committee.
At the start of the meeting, Gargash welcomed the committee members and stressed that it has played a vital role, since its establishment, in coordinating joint actions of authorities to fight human trafficking.
The committee presented the UAE’s human rights developments, including a workshop on the Arab Charter on Human Rights, that was held by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, in partnership with the Arab Human Rights Committee, to highlight the country’s human rights situation. It also discussed related forecasts and the difficulties facing the implementation of its recommendations.
The committee was briefed about the visit of Lord Tariq Ahmed, British Secretary of State for the Commonwealth and the United Nations, who has praised the UAE’s efforts to combat human trafficking and protect its victims. It also discussed developments related to a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, as well as the meetings of joint committees in charge of implementing the MoU.
Dr. Gargash praised the UAE’s efforts to promote cooperation with several countries, which is essential to combatting this cross-border crime.
During the meeting, the committee also discussed its plans to raise awareness and organise training, in coordination with its member authorities.
The Secretariat of the Committee presented the desire of friendly countries to explore the UAE’s experience in combatting human trafficking.
The committee then discussed the importance of implementing an awareness campaign in 2019, which will include advertisements in the country’s airports.
Gargash lauded the efforts of its members and various national authorities to combat human trafficking, as well as the UAE’s leading stature in this area.