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Asean leaders agree on 15-point declaration on human trafficking eradication

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Jakarta, IO – The leaders of Southeast Asian nations have agreed on the Declaration on Combatting Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Due to Abuse of Technology during the 42nd Asean summit in Labuan Bajo, West Manggarai.

In the document published by Asean.org on Wednesday (10/5), the declaration consists of 15 points:

1.Reiterate Asean’s response to promptly address current and future threats arising from the abuse of technology and take full advantage of new and evolving technologies to enhance this effort.

2.Strengthen cooperation and coordination against TIP by increasing the law enforcement capacity of each member country and related institutions to investigate, collect data and evidence, identify victims, and prosecute crimes accordingly.

3.Increase the use of technology to prevent and identify trafficked victims in accordance with the regulations of each country.

4.Providing support to vulnerable groups, such as women, the elderly, and people with disabilities.

5.Strengthen the implementation of similar policies such as ACTIP [Asean Convention Against Trafficking in Persons] in protecting migrant workers and their families.

6.Asean countries must prevent migrant workers from becoming victims again.

7.Facilitate crisis-affected migrant workers for health care, psycho-social support, social protection, livelihood support while on leave, and reintegration in their country of origin.

8.Form cross-border research and investigations related to TIP.

9.Promote collaboration across society, international organizations and other international actors in the protection of migrant workers.

10.Identify gaps in legal frameworks and systems related to migration and border management to ensure the effective detection, prevention, investigation and prosecution of TIP.

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11.Facilitate migrant workers’ access to timely and relevant information during crises.

12.Provide support for access to justice, complaints, and support for losses and exploitation experienced by migrant workers in crisis situations.

13.Enhance cooperation and collaboration with Asean partners and UN agencies.

14.Strengthen cooperation to protect migrant workers who are caught in a crisis in countries that are not members of Asean.

15.The Asean leaders will assign the Minister of Manpower and related officials to implement this declaration. (bp)

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