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KSA lists its steps against human trafficking

Saad Al-Saad
UNITED NATIONS: Saudi Arabia has reaffirmed its strong rejection of all forms of human trafficking and promised to double efforts to eliminate it in coordination with the international community, by ratifying international conventions and treaties on human trafficking.
The Kingdom’s deputy representative to the UN, Saad Al-Saad, said: “Our meeting today aims to discuss a crime that is condemned all around the world because it is a gross violation of human rights.”
“Unfortunately, the majority of victims are women, girls and children. Almost all countries are affected by this crime, be they the countries of origin of the victims, transit countries or destination countries,” he added.
Due to the growing number of conflicts in many regions, this crime has intensified and takes many forms. Countries around the world and international organizations specializing in human trafficking have sought to develop mechanisms and issue laws to deter the crime and reduce its economic, psychological and economic effects, Al-Saad added.
Domestically, he said, the Kingdom has fought human trafficking through legislation and taken measures to prevent human trafficking, including prosecuting and punishing perpetrators, offering protection to victims and cooperating with other states and international organizations.
Al-Saad said that the anti-human trafficking law was passed in the Kingdom in 2009 and a permanent committee for combating human trafficking was formed in the Saudi Human Rights Commission, with members coming from a number of government agencies, all in order to boost coordination and national efforts to fight this criminal activity.
Comprehensive plans and recommendations have been made to ensure that vulnerable groups do not fall prey to such violations. The commission has been tasked with monitoring and implementing these recommendations and raise the issue with the Royal Court in case authorities meet obstacles or there are shortcomings, he said.
Al-Saad added that the task of the permanent committee is to monitor conditions of victims of human trafficking to ensure they are not abused or harmed again, and to coordinate with pertinent authorities the return of victims to their homes or other countries, as requested.
The committee can also recommend that the victims stay in the Kingdom, and takes care of their legal status to allow them to work, if they so wish, and comes up with policies, publishes research, collects data and provides training that helps identify victims of this crime.
The committee also promotes community awareness and takes social and economic initiatives to prevent human trafficking, in coordination with all concerned authorities.
Al-Saad said the Kingdom has joined a number of international instruments related to combating human trafficking, notably the United Nations Convention to Combat Transnational Organized Crime, the Protocol to Prevent Trafficking in Persons, especially women, children and other vulnerable groups, and the Protocol against the Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea and Air.
The Kingdom also adopted many of the ILO conventions, notably convention Nos. 290 and 182, the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination, the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and the Slavery Convention of 1926 and amended protocol.
Al-Saad said that due to an increase in the number and intensity of conflicts, especially in the Middle East, there have been noticeably higher incidents of human trafficking, especially among displaced Syrians.
Unfortunately, criminals exploited the vulnerability and needs of refugees and their dire humanitarian situation for personal gain. The situation has forced many victims to try to cope by giving up their dignity and humanity, he said.
UNITED NATIONS: Saudi Arabia has reaffirmed its strong rejection of all forms of human trafficking and promised to double efforts to eliminate it in coordination with the international community, by ratifying international conventions and treaties on human trafficking.
The Kingdom’s deputy representative to the UN, Saad Al-Saad, said: “Our meeting today aims to discuss a crime that is condemned all around the world because it is a gross violation of human rights.”
“Unfortunately, the majority of victims are women, girls and children. Almost all countries are affected by this crime, be they the countries of origin of the victims, transit countries or destination countries,” he added.
Due to the growing number of conflicts in many regions, this crime has intensified and takes many forms. Countries around the world and international organizations specializing in human trafficking have sought to develop mechanisms and issue laws to deter the crime and reduce its economic, psychological and economic effects, Al-Saad added.
Domestically, he said, the Kingdom has fought human trafficking through legislation and taken measures to prevent human trafficking, including prosecuting and punishing perpetrators, offering protection to victims and cooperating with other states and international organizations.
Al-Saad said that the anti-human trafficking law was passed in the Kingdom in 2009 and a permanent committee for combating human trafficking was formed in the Saudi Human Rights Commission, with members coming from a number of government agencies, all in order to boost coordination and national efforts to fight this criminal activity.
Comprehensive plans and recommendations have been made to ensure that vulnerable groups do not fall prey to such violations. The commission has been tasked with monitoring and implementing these recommendations and raise the issue with the Royal Court in case authorities meet obstacles or there are shortcomings, he said.
Al-Saad added that the task of the permanent committee is to monitor conditions of victims of human trafficking to ensure they are not abused or harmed again, and to coordinate with pertinent authorities the return of victims to their homes or other countries, as requested.
The committee can also recommend that the victims stay in the Kingdom, and takes care of their legal status to allow them to work, if they so wish, and comes up with policies, publishes research, collects data and provides training that helps identify victims of this crime.
The committee also promotes community awareness and takes social and economic initiatives to prevent human trafficking, in coordination with all concerned authorities.
Al-Saad said the Kingdom has joined a number of international instruments related to combating human trafficking, notably the United Nations Convention to Combat Transnational Organized Crime, the Protocol to Prevent Trafficking in Persons, especially women, children and other vulnerable groups, and the Protocol against the Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea and Air.
The Kingdom also adopted many of the ILO conventions, notably convention Nos. 290 and 182, the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination, the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and the Slavery Convention of 1926 and amended protocol.
Al-Saad said that due to an increase in the number and intensity of conflicts, especially in the Middle East, there have been noticeably higher incidents of human trafficking, especially among displaced Syrians.
Unfortunately, criminals exploited the vulnerability and needs of refugees and their dire humanitarian situation for personal gain. The situation has forced many victims to try to cope by giving up their dignity and humanity, he said.

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