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National Committee assigns fund to support victims of human trafficking


The UAE government offers financial assistance.

October 9, 2013 10:14 by

The 31st meeting of the committee was held this week at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Dubai, chaired by HE Dr Anwar Mohammed Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Minister of State for Federal National Council Affairs.

“The UAE has put in great efforts to develop care centres for the rehabilitation of victims of human trafficking. The establishment of the new fund will be a major initiative in supporting the victims and helping them meet the needs of the future,” he says.

“The committee will work in co-operation with the Ewa’a centres to provide the necessary financial resources to support the fund,” he points out, adding that the government is keen to eliminate such crimes and strengthen the co-operation with international organisations to safeguard the dignity of individuals all over the world.”

The Shelters for Women and Children has been operating since 2008, under the patronage of Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Al Ketbi. She donated AED5.1 million in 2011, according to state news agency WAM, and contributed land last year to build a better facility, which included space for setting up vocational training and rehabilitation centres – Ewa’a housed 23 victims in 2012.

Gargash clarifies that the new strategy of the National Committee to Combat Human Trafficking, which is being applied in the UAE in line with the international best practises in this field, is based on the ‘five Ps’ – prevention, prosecution, punishment, protection and promotion of international co-operation.

The meeting examined the committee’s memorandum relating to the mechanism of dealing with the topics listed by the National Committee Secretariat and a proposal by the International Labour Organisation regarding collaboration with the committee to combat trafficking. It also discussed a media campaign to raise awareness about the Federal Law 51, the UN Plan of Action adopted by the UN General Assembly and a report on the visit of a delegation from the British Embassy to the committee in August 2013.

UAE residents can report trafficking suspicions to Ewa’a and can also make donations by calling 800 7283.

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