Friday, March 12, 2010

Government Crackdown To Combat Against Women Trafficking

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

Samdech Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, said that the women and children trafficking are still the main concerns for the Royal Government of Cambodia.
The Prime Minister stated that to combat the human trafficking activities, he will take strict actions and measures in combating against the women and children in Cambodia. He warned that the Royal Government will not pardon any powerful people who always intervened in connection to the activities of women and children trafficking in Cambodia.

“I wish to inform that I will not give a pardon for people who are attempting to intervene activities of women trafficking in Cambodia. Although they have the high rakings whatever, they can not absolutely intervene on the mater of sexual trafficking in Cambodia. However, I would like to declare that those who will intervene on this mater will be lost their ranks,” he said during opening remarks at the 99th Women’s Day Celebration which was held at the Royal University of Phnom Penh in on March 4.

The Prime Minister called on all Cambodian politicians, government officials and law practitioners to obey the law strictly to respect the value of law and society in Cambodia.

“On behalf of the Head of the Executive Branch, I am really regretted for the activities of a number of the leaders who have always intervened and involved with the court institutions in connection with women and children trafficking in Cambodia,” he said. “Therefore, from now on, I would like to appeal to all competent authorities take strict actions and measures against the women and children trafficking in Cambodia.”

He added: “We can not let the women and children trafficking to continue anymore in Cambodia. So we have to take the campaign and actions to combat it in order to protect our women and youth from being trafficked so that they will become the real human resources and pillar of developments for our country in future.”

Every women trafficking, not only the women’s suffering, their families or communities but also is the suffering of the whole society in Cambodia as well as its economies, he added.

“The women who are the victims of rapes or trafficking it is not only their own suffering or their families’ sufferings but also are the suffering of the society that we should not let such this thing happen and we must launch the campaign against it,” he said.

Dr. Ing Kantha Phavi, Minister of Women’s Affairs, said that according to her ministry’s investigations, for the past 15 years the domestic violence, and women and children violence has still happened highly in Cambodia.

The Minister Dr. Kantha Phavi continued to say that these problems have polluted the social environment and created bad examples for both children and young people in Cambodia. She said that to prevent the women and children trafficking in Cambodia, so far Cambodian government, Ministry of Women’s Affairs, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitations, in collaboration with other line ministries, concerned Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) and private companies have been working hard in raising women’s values and human trafficking awareness for people in Cambodia.

The Minister stated that the government has also ratified many the United Nations’ conventions relating to the violation of human rights, human trafficking, child labor, sexual slavery, sexual exploitation and international crimes. She added that the government has singed the Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) with countries in the region and also established a Cambodia’s National Task Force led by the Deputy Prime Minister Sar Kheng, Minister of Interior to work on the issue of human trafficking in Cambodia.

Since 2003 the Ministry of Women’s Affairs in cooperation with line ministries and other involved local and international organizations has also organized many social campaigns and events in educating and publishing about domestic violence and human trafficking for people in Cambodia, she said, adding that the Ministry of Women’s Affairs is now is working very hard in training people especially women and youths women and children trafficking, domestic violence, sexual exploitations and child abuse in Cambodia.

According to a report of the Ministry of Planning, there are about 14 million people in which about 56 percent are the women in Cambodia. Every year, about four millions women and two million children, mainly in Southeast Asia and thousands in Cambodia are brought for the purpose of trafficking, according to a report of the United Nations released in 2009. ////









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