Bangkok, Thailand, 11 February 2018:
HE Afra Al Basti, Director General of the Dubai Foundation for Women and Children (DFWAC), Member of the National Committee to Combat Human Trafficking, visited the Bali Process Regional Office in the Kingdom of Thailand to discuss possible cooperation and exchange of experiences in the field of combating human trafficking and international smuggling and helping the victims of this crime.
This came during the participation of Al Basti as part of the UAE delegation to the Kingdom of Thailand to sign a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in combating human trafficking in the framework of the National Committee for Combating Human Trafficking to implement its national strategy and enhance international cooperation.
The Delegation of the UAE was headed by HE Ahmed Al Jarman Assistant Minister for Human Rights and International Law at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and vice-chairman of the National Committee to Combat Human Trafficking.
Al Basti pointed out that the UAE’s continuous efforts in the field of combating human trafficking, including the signing of this agreement, reflects the great interest that the UAE Government attaches to this issue under the guidance of the wise leadership and its determination to surpass its great achievements made in this field as one of the leading experiments in combating this crime in the region.
She added that the countries of the world cannot individually eliminate the crime of human trafficking as it is an organized crime in most cases and it is implemented through more than one of the countries of origin and transit and countries where victims are trafficked, which requires concerted efforts and coordination between all countries.
Under agreement signed by the UAE and the Kingdom of Thailand the concerned entities of each party will work closely to expose and investigate transnational trafficking in persons, especially in women and children, in countries of origin, transit and destination, as well as cooperation and assistance in joint legal proceedings.