Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Cambodia Launches Policy for Protection Against Human Trafficking

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

The Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation (MoSVY) has held a workshop, aiming to promulgate the policy and minimum standards for the protection of the rights of the victims of human trafficking in Cambodia. The workshop was held on September 28, sponsored by the Counter Trafficking in Person Project of The Asia Foundation (TAF) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Ith Sam Heng, Minister of MoSVY, said that the main purpose of the establishment of the policy and the minimum standard for protection of the rights of human trafficking victims is to combat human trafficking, smuggling, labor and sex exploitation of women and children in Cambodia. He said that this policy will become the basic measure for all levels of Cambodian authorities in carrying out their duties.

“This is the first step of the MoSVY’s basic policies for all Cambodian authorities in implementing their duties to ensure the people’s safety and security especially women and children from being trafficked in Cambodia,” he said at the workshop. “I hope that after the official launch of this policy and minimum standard, the policy will be exercised nationwide and finally, our Cambodian people especially women and children will be freed from all kinds of human trafficking activities in future.”

Prak Chan Thouern, Director General of Technical Affairs of the Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation, said the establishment of the policy and minimum standards protection are part of the implementation of the rectangular strategy-phase 2 of Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen, and the six strategies of the Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation.

The creation of the policy manifests the implementation of the protocol to prevent, suppress, and prosecute human trafficking in women and children, said Chan Thouern.
The Director pointed out that the development of policy and minimum standards on protection of the rights of victim of human rights crimes was done in cooperation with TAF.

He added that the policy is a base to develop a draft policy. The TAF cooperates with the MoSVY’s Technical Affairs Department to organize the consultation workshops in Phnom Penh, Banteay Meanchey, Battambang, Svay Rieng, and Preah Sihanouk province with the presence of official and staff of the MoSVY and other representatives of institutions and organizations with a total of 280 participants in Cambodia.

“The efforts of MoSVY and TAF with support and attention from the leaders of MoSVY have resulted in development of the documents. Today, the documents are officially launched,” Chan Thouern said. “I would like to thank TAF and USAID for their cooperation with the technical department to develop the policy and minimum standards for the protection of the rights of victims of human trafficking in Cambodia.”


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