Qatar: ‘ Human Trafficking is a Grave Violation of Human Rights’

New York, October 12 (QNA) – The State of Qatar stressed that the crime of Human Trafficking with its different shapes and forms represents violation to human rights, which were set forth in our Islamic religion and in all heavenly religions, national constitution and international conventions.
 The crimes of trafficking in human turned to be an international phenomenon. It imposed itself on the international agenda, and became a subject for several efforts that study its dimensions, reasons and means of confronting its dangers and eliminate its repercussions.
 The remarks came during a speech by the Third Committee of the 67th session of the UN General Assembly on the agenda items: 103: “Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice” and 104: “International Drug Control” by Mr. Misfer Faisal Al Shahwani (Minister’s Assistant for Foreign Affairs Office), member of Qatar’s delegation to 67th UN General Assembly.
 Shahwani said drug trafficking, amplified by unprecedented globalization and diversification, constitute major threats to security, social and economic stability of states.
 Marking the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking confirms the international community’s determination to enhance cooperation to eradicate illicit drug, he said.
 For more than half a century, the United Nations has held congresses aimed at strengthening international cooperation against expanding crime, which have impacted criminal justice policies, as well as national procedures and professional practices throughout the world, he added.
 The State of Qatar has made great efforts at the regional and international levels on crime prevention and criminal justice especially in regard to Human Trafficking and Transnational Organized Crime, as well as taking Anti- Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Measures and ratifying and implementing all relevant international conventions, he said.
 The State of Qatar has created a legislative and institutional framework and policies in the fight against human trafficking in implementation of the wise directives of HH the Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, he added.
 In his speech, Shahwani highlighted the initiatives adopted by Qatar, the most important of which is the review of relevant laws according to the Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC) and its supplementing. Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, while establishing a number of a specialized institutions including the Qatari House for Lodging and Human Care, which aims at the co-ordination and integration of efforts to protect victims and Qatar Foundation for Combating Human Trafficking, which works to combat human trafficking in all its forms and manifestations within the framework of a clear strategy and effective partnerships in order to excel in its work to reach the desired results in line with the objectives of Qatar’s vision 2030 and international standards.  (QNA)

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