AICHR-SOMTC Joint Workshop on Human Rights-Based Approach to Combat Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, Indonesia


5-6 November 2015

Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Beneficiary: AICHR

In ASEAN, where countries of origin, transit and destination coexist, millions of men, women and children are being trafficked within the region and beyond. However, convictions and prosecutions of traffickers each year are still very low due to limited capacities, resources and laws to combat trafficking. Trafficking in Persons not only impacts the prosperity and stability of countries in ASEAN Member States, it also affects the livelihoods and welfare of the peoples of ASEAN.

There are many concrete programmes and activities to combat trafficking in ASEAN organized which have been organized by the AMMTC / SOMTC. There are also a number of initiatives that the AICHR, ACWC and other ASEAN Sectoral Bodies such as the ASEAN Committee on the Implementation of the Declaration on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers (ACMW) are planning to implement in the future to address this issue.

It is therefore recommended that a joint collaboration between AICHR and SOMTC, as the main bodies in combating the TIP, should be established. As a first step towards this objective, a joint workshop on ‘Human Rights-based Approach to Combat Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children’ is being proposed. This proposed joint workshop will allow for sharing of the respective work of the ASEAN Bodies and possibly develop a coordinated response to trafficking, which can enhance the development of the ACTIP, RPA and other anti-trafficking programmes in ASEAN. It is hoped that the Workshop will address possible gaps in the existing comprehensive mechanism on trafficking and where the ASEAN Bodies can support each other in their respective fields of expertise and build bridges among the varied stakeholders. 

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