The Kyrgyz Republic joins UNODC Global Action against trafficking in persons and the smuggling of migrants

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BISHKEK, 31 MAY, 2017 – The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Global Action to Prevent and Address Trafficking in Persons and the Smuggling of Migrants (GLO.ACT) launched today in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic.  GLO.ACT works with the 13 countries to plan and implement strategic national counter-trafficking and counter smuggling efforts through a prevention, protection, prosecution, and partnerships approach.

Mr. Almaz Asanbaev, Deputy Chairperson of the State Migration Service under the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic, said: “Trafficking in persons and the smuggling of migrants are priority issues on the Government agenda, which have prompted the development of a strategic framework, such as the new 2017-2010 National Action Plan on Countering Trafficking in Persons of the Kyrgyz Republic and the Migration Policy Framework 2030.  We believe that GLO.ACT work in the Kyrgyz Republic will contribute to the effective implementation of national programmes against trafficking in persons and the smuggling of migrants”.  

Mr. Ambassador Cesare De Montis, Head of the Delegation of the European Union to the Kyrgyz Republic, said: “Addressing all forms of trafficking in human beings and fight against smuggling of migrants is a priority for the EU and its Member States. Both trafficking in human beings and smuggling of migrants are part of the European Migration Agenda, of the European Agenda on Security and the Framework for Partnership with third countries adopted in June 2016. I hope that GLO.ACT being launched here today will build good results and substantially increase capacities of the 13 beneficiary countries, including Kyrgyz Republic, to address the challenges.”

According to Ms. Ashita Mittal, UNODC Regional Representative for Central Asia, improving the criminal justice response to human trafficking and the smuggling of migrants requires a comprehensive approach. “This response needs to be grounded in sound legislation in line with the United Nations Convention on Transnational Organized Crime and its Protocols on trafficking in persons and the smuggling of migrants”. Ms. Mittal confirmed UNODC’s readiness to support the Kyrgyz Government in effective criminal justice response to trafficking in persons and the smuggling of migrants within the framework of GLO.ACT.

Providing assistance to governmental authorities, GLO.ACT will also benefit civil society organizations as well as victims of trafficking and smuggled migrants directly. Six key responses are applied to the project which relates to strategy and policy development; legislative assistance; capacity building; regional and trans-regional cooperation; protection and assistance to victims of trafficking and smuggled migrants; and assistance and support to children among victims of trafficking and smuggled migrants. 

The event was attended by the Kyrgyz Vice-Prime Minister, Chairperson of the State Migration Service under the Kyrgyz Government, representatives of the Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Labor and Social development, the Office of the General Prosecutor, Civil Society organizations and Media.

GLO.ACT is a four-year (2015-2019), €11 million joint initiative by the European Union and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The project is being implemented in partnership with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations Children's  Fund (UNICEF) and reaches thirteen countries across Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America. GLO.ACT works with the 13 countries to plan and implement strategic national counter-trafficking and counter smuggling efforts through a prevention, protection, prosecution, and partnerships approach.

Visit GLO.ACT website @https://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/human-trafficking/glo-act/index.html

Follow GLO.ACT on Twitter: @glo_act.

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For more information please contact Vasilina Brazhko (Ms.)

Communication Officer, UNODC ROCA

Mob. +996 775 98 78 17, E: vasilina.brazhko@unodc.org