Vice President U Henry Van Thio stressed the need to improve cooperation among countries to fight human trafficking, considered a form of trans-boundary criminal activity, at a ceremony to mark Myanmar Anti-trafficking Day in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday. In his address, the Vice President elaborated on Myanmar’s efforts to tackle trafficking in human beings with a five-year national plan that began in 2007, saying that the year 2016 is the fifth year of the country’s second five-year plan.
The Vice President said that the third five-year plan will be set up, focusing on recommendations stated in the 2016 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report released by the United States that decided to drop Myanmar to “Tier 3” from “Tier 2”.
Myanmar is working closely with Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia to protect Myanmar fishermen from labour exploitation overseas. Myanmar is also working with UN agencies, INGOs and NGOs to launch human trafficking awareness campaigns in Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps, disaster-hit regions and areas of internal migration, added the Vice President. Thanks to collaborative efforts, trafficked victims in China,Thailand and Indonesia were rescued and sent back to their families, said the Vice President, adding that seminars and training courses were organised for anti-human trafficking corps and local police members.
Mr. Aaron Greenberg of UNICEF Myanmar and Mr. Kieran German-Best, Chief of Mission of International Organization for Migration (Myanmar) also spoke to the gathering yesterday.
The Vice President and party then viewed documentary photos on anti-human trafficking
activities. Myanmar observed the 2016 Anti-Human Trafficking Day with the theme “Shared Responsibility for Anti-Trafficking in Persons”.—Myanmar News Agency