Government, Youth and UN Agencies launch 100 days against trafficking in persons campaign in Kyrgyzstan

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“100 Days Against Trafficking in Persons” is a national awareness raising campaign among public on trafficking in persons and irregular migration in Kyrgyzstan which runs in all oblasts of Kyrgyzstan from 10 September till 10 December 2018 under the “YOUTH STANDS FOR THE CAMPAIGN” slogan.

The campaign aims at raising awareness of the public at large on a wide range of issues related to trafficking in persons and irregular migration. These include child marriage, bride kidnapping, child labour and forced labour as an exploitation form of human trafficking.

Mr. Mirlan Parkhanov, Deputy Director of the State Agency for Youth, Physical Training and Sport - “Youth is the future of Kyrgyzstan. Youth organizations and young activists having gained knowledge and skills on issues related to trafficking in persons and irregular migration, are now willing to deliver this valuable information to public at large. I believe it is important to support youth in this initiative”.

“Irregular migration and human trafficking are the crucial issues for Kyrgyzstan and we are grateful for active participation of youth in running this initiative”, said Samat Toktobolotov, Deputy chairperson of the Kyrgyz State Migration Service.

The campaign is a part of the Kyrgyz Government’s Programme on Combatting Trafficking in Persons for 2017-2020 which unites efforts of government stakeholders and civil society to fight this crime.

In 2018, the campaign is led by the State Agency for Youth, Physical Training and Sport and the State Migration Service under the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic and over 30 youth organizations in cooperation with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), International Organization for Migration (IOM)/ The UN Migration Agency, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the International Labor Organization (ILO), UN Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women (UN WOMEN), the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Programme Office in Bishkek. The initiative is funded by the European Union (EU) and other donors.

“100 days against trafficking in persons” campaign was conducted on 31-st July 2017 for the first time under the coordination of the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic, local government administrations and UNODC Global Programme GLO.ACT with the financial support from the European Union.

Learn more on the campaign at: @UNODCCentralAsia and https://www.facebook.com/100daysagainstTIP2018/?ref=py_c

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For more information, please contact:

Vasilina Brazhko, Communication and PR Officer of UNODC/ROCA at: 0775987817 or vasilina.brazhko@un.org

Press-service of the State Agency of youth, physical training and sports at: 32-53-80 or by goskomsport05@mail.ru