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Myanmar signs ASEAN convention against human trafficking

Myanmar signs ASEAN convention against human trafficking

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President U Thein Sein signed a key convention against human trafficking in Malaysia yesterday, demonstrating Myanmar’s commitment to protecting
the victims of trafficking, particularly women and children.
The signing ceremony of the Convention Against Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children-ACTIP written by the 10 ASEAN members was held at the Convention Centre in Kuala Lumpur.
The leaders stressed that victims of trafficking, mainly women and children, have the fundamental right to be protected in accordance with international law and relevant international conventions. After the ceremony, President U Thein Sein attended a luncheon hosted by Malaysian Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohammad Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak, held in honour of ASEAN leaders.
Recognising the need and urgency to address the issue of human trafficking in the region, the ASEAN leaders during the 18th ASEAN Summit in Indonesia, 2011 tasked the ministers in charge of transnational crimes to consider an ASEAN Convention on Trafficking in Persons. The convention establishes a legal framework for the region to effectively address the issue of trafficking in persons. ACTIP’s objectives among others are to effectively prevent and combat trafficking in persons, especially women and children; ensure just and effective punishment for convicted traffickers, to protect and assist human trafficking victims with full respect for their human rights and promote cooperation among the relevant parties in order to meet the outlined objectives. ACTIP is the second convention endorsed by ASEAN following the ASEAN Convention on Counter Terrorism, which was signed by the ASEAN leaders in Cebu, Philippines on 13 January, 2007.

The 10 members of ASEAN are Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

 

 

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