Country's role in fighting human trafficking lauded - UAE INFO

Apr 15, 2009

Country's role in fighting human trafficking lauded

Abu Dhabi: A UN representative praised the UAE for its leading role in combating human trafficking, which is an alarming issue for human societies. Mohammad Emhammad Abdul Aziz, Regional Representative of UN United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and Human Trafficking, said the UAE's efforts are appreciated at the international level. "The UAE came ahead of many countries in the legislative and institutional fields and in setting laws to eliminate this cross-continent crime against humanity," Abdul Aziz said. He expressed his admiration of the UAE's experience in setting up shelters for human trafficking victims and the medical, psychological and legal services offered by these centres to victims.

The official on Tuesday visited the UAE Red Crescent Authority headquarters, where he was received by Chairwoman of the shelters for human trafficking victims, Sana'a Darwish Al Kitbi, Adviser on Human Affairs to Shaikh Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister, and acting Board Chairman of the RCA. They discussed cooperation and coordination between both sides and how to benefit from the UN regional office's experience to enrich the UAE's experience in the field of shelters through offering technical consultation and designing programmes to achieve the targets of these care centres. Abdul Aziz said 80 per cent of Arab countries do not deal transparently with issues related to human trafficking, and prefer to remain silent about it, although there is increasing awareness of this issue.

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