October 18, 2016

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Human-trafficking, exploitation discussed by Myanmar, Thailand, Indonesia and Cambodia

The 4th meeting of four nations — Myanmar, Thailand, Indonesia and Cambodia — focused on co-operation in legal matters on human-trafficking and exploitation of labor wages in fishing businesses and other jobs. The meeting was held at the Park Royal Hotel in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday morning, with Police Maj-Gen Zaw Win, chief of Myanmar Police Force and H.E Nicholas Coppel, Australian Ambassador to Myanmar, delivering the opening addresses.
“The present 4-nation meeting is aimed at helping victims of human-trafficking in legal matters, exchanging news and information amongst the countries to closely co-operate and to find out cases of human-trafficking, smooth investigation of the cases in the region and enjoying benefits of exercising good practices. AAPTIP (Australia-Asia Program to Combat Trafficking in Persons) and other organisations are providing technical aid, laying down ideal processes, enacting guidelines. We call for the attendants to cordially discuss for the traffickers to be filed against and sentenced to punishment they deserve”, Maj-Gen Zaw Win said.
He added, “In the transfer of government, the nation is experiencing many challenges: problems of migration, climate change, control of nuclear weapons and terrorist attacks. It was found that massive migration was caused by lack of peace and development.
According to the information released by the UN in 2015, the number of migrants hit the record up to 65.3 million, and all of them were forced to labor and exploited over wages. To help protect rights of those fishery workers, we will be able to accomplish our operation by finding out organisations and entrepreneurs involved in exploitation, educating humanitarian knowledge, building a society practising humanitarianism, thus reaching the state of assimilating among 4 nations.”
Afterward, the Australian Ambassador said: “AAPTIP is now co-operating with other organisations in the process of police routines and in suing the culprits, mainly helping upgrade skills in the police forces with a view to investigating beyond borders, repatriation of the victims to their origins.”
Khemmarin Hassiri, Police Chief of Thailand, disclosed, “For the protection of fishery workers, a Central Committee for Eradication of Human-trafficking comprising police forces, armies and social societies from both countries has been formed, to share news and information via Hot Line between the two nations using smart phones.
Deputy Chief of the Police Force Ye Naung, pointed out, “After the present meeting, it has been arranged for discussion of emergence of better MoUs such as Thailand-Myanmar, Myanmar-Indonesia and etc. Migrant workers need not be seduced by traffickers, without any skills and knowledge on jobs and they need to join the workforces with sufficient evidence.”
Most fishery workers are from Myanmar and fishing boats are mostly owned by Thai nationals. They go to sea very often into Indonesian territory, it was learnt.
The meetings will be held till 19 October.—Myanmar News Agency


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