A study day on the institutional framework related to combatting human trafficking: Toward the creation of a national committee to combat human trafficking

Within the framework of the program “Global Action to Prevent and Address Trafficking in Persons and the Smuggling of Migrants” (GLO.ACT),supported by United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the Ministry Delegate to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in Charge of Moroccans living abroad and Migration  Affairs organized jointly with the Ministry of State for Human Rights a study day on the institutional framework related to combatting human trafficking on Wednesday, July 26th, 2017 in Rabat.

During the opening session of this meeting, attended by the representatives of governmental departments, national institutions, civil society organizations, UN bodies and researchers in the area of human rights, Mr. Mustapha Ramid, the Minister of State for Human Rights, lauded the Glo.Act initiative choice of Morocco among the five African partners, reflecting Morocco’s international commitment in combatting all the forms of organized crime.

On this occasion, Mr. Ramid congratulated the Moroccan Judge, Amina Afroukhi, awarded by US Foreign Office as a champion of US Foreign Office’s report on human trafficking for the year 2017, considering this homage a recognition of the efforts made by the Kingdom of Morocco in this regard. He also pointed out that the holding of this meeting, which coincides with the adoption of Morocco of the law No. 27.14 related to combatting human trafficking and its entry into force, is an opportunity to exchange experiences and expertise in this field.

 According to Mr. Abdelkrim Benoutiq, the Minister Delegate to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, this meeting is  a crucial step in the process of implementing the resolution related to combatting human trafficking, with a view to protect the victims and put an end to it through the enactment of laws. The Minister emphasized emphasizing the importance of coordination among the stakeholders to work together and determine cooperation mechanisms with the national committee to combat human trafficking.

In his participation, Mr. Mohammed Yatim, mentioned the international instruments peculiar to the protection of workers and their relation to human trafficking.

In addition, Ms. Margaret Akolo, the coordinator of “Global Action to Prevent and Address Trafficking in Persons and the Smuggling of Migrants, highlighted that the law No. 27-14, related to combatting human trafficking adopted by Morocco in August 2016, reflects Morocco’s  commitment and its respect of the international standards in this field. It called upon Morocco to speed up the process of creating the national committee to combat human trafficking, emphasizing the organization’s will to accompany and cooperate with Morocco in this regards.

 During the meeting’s sessions and workshops, a debate took place regarding how to set up a holistic institutional framework to combat human trafficking, protection of the victims, determination of the identity, assistance and rehabilitation. These workshops focused on the National Committee in Charge of Coordinating the Measures to Combat Human Trafficking and others related to the way to coordinate services to protect human trafficking victims.

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