US pledges financial assistance to Myanmar anti-TIP Project
THE United States has pledged assistance to Myanmar’s measures against human trafficking, following an agreement of cooperation, according to the Myanmar Police Force.
Police Chief Police Maj-Gen Zaw Win confirmed the signing of the bilateral agreement in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday. Under the agreement, World Vision (Myanmar) will render assistance to prosecution against smugglers, training to social workers, and closer cooperation in the rehabilitation of victims.
The United States has pledged $700,000 for a three-year plan from 1 October 2015 to 30 October 2018. The plan is aimed at protection and rehabilitation of the victims in Myanmar and will be carried out in partnership with local departments, civil society, and INGOs and NGOs from Australia and the United States.
According to the police officer, the country joined the United Nations Convention Against Transnational Organised Crime (UNCTOC) and has signed its protocols since 2004.
The country signed the Memorandum of Understanding on Coordinated Mekong Ministerial Initiative against Trafficking (COMMIT MoU) in 2004 as part of cooperation in the fight against human trafficking by the six countries in the Greater Mekong Sub-region.
The country also became a signatory to the ASEAN Convention Against Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children in November last year.
As for bilateral cooperation, the country has been working together with its neighbours China and Thailand in combating human trafficking after drawing action plans.
Police Maj-Gen Zaw Win spoke of two five-year plans for anti-human trafficking, the first from 2007 to 2011 and the second from 2012 to 2016.
World Vision (Myanmar) is an organisation that has been focusing its efforts on the development of children and families across the country for 25 years.—Myanmar News Agency