Khartoum- (Muawad - Najat – Neimat - Haffiya) The issue of combating human trafficking phenomenon has remained to be one of issues that have been given top
concern by the Sudanese government as the country has signed many agreements and treaties that affirm its serious desire for fighting the phenomenon. Sudan has continued to be active in combating human trafficking crime as part of the role it assumes at the internal, regional and international levels in a view to preserving peace and security at all levels.
Sudan Vision newspaper organized yesterday (Tuesday) a forum under the theme “Together against Human Trafficking” with participation of Vice President Hassabo Mohammed Abdul Rahman, Presidential Aide Musa Mohamed Ahmed, a number of ministers, ambassadors and representatives of diplomatic missions accredited to Sudan, international organizations, concerned personalities and the various media outlets.
Vice President Hassabo Mohammed Abdul Rahman reaffirmed commitment of Sudan to all international and regional treaties and charters on combatting human trafficking.
Addressing the forum, the Vice President affirmed that Sudan has remained fighting human trafficking crime despite its limited capabilities, directing provision of care to the victims of human trafficking, disclosing Sudan’s vision to be free of the crime.
The Italian Ambassador to Sudan indicated in his address that the international community is working for combating human trafficking, describing the phenomenon as an evil act, saying that there are attempts for issuance of legislations and their implementation to curb human trafficking as there is also support from organizations concerning capacity building and training.
He referred in this regard to European projects for combating the crime.
The ambassador voiced thanks to Sudan for its cooperation in combating human trafficking phenomenon.
State Minister at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Osama Faisal referred to partnerships between the government and the organizations, pointing out that they have set up a strategy for coordination in combating human trafficking.
The Sudan Vision’s forum on combating human trafficking, which lasted for more than three hours, deliberated on a number of working papers presented by the Organization of International Migration, the national committee and the National Council for Child Welfare.
The Deputy Secretary-General of the National Council for Child Welfare (NCCW) Fath El-Rahman Babiker stressed that trafficking in children is a sensitive issue that requires concerted efforts and the development of domestic and global policies and legislation
He said that human trafficking in has began long years before, especially children of camel jockeys who participate in the races in the Gulf States, noting the coordination and cooperation with the United Arab Emirates to return all children and compensate them in full coordination between the two countries
Noting that Sudanese legislation is concerned with such issues and the Children's Act 2010 contained all the rights to protect children, he said that NCCW, through its interest in international legislation, have the mechanisms to prevent human trafficking
The NCCW emphasized the implementation all laws and legislations concerning children issues in cooperation and coordination with the relevant authorities, pointing to the provision of medical and psychological care and the provision of food for these children in cooperation with international and local organizations.
Sudan plays major role in combating human trafficking and illegal migration which pose threat to the regional and international peace and security as it neighbors a number of countries where bandits are active besides it seriousness in the operations for fighting the phenomena.
Recommendations of the forum included:
1. Launching media awareness campaign targeting youth with the framework of national strategic plan under the auspices of the Presidency to be participated by all media outlets.
2. Setting the foundation of anti-human trafficking mechanisms represented by defining the practices and determining its dimensions to the public who might not know that it is a crime.
3. Training the staff of the human trafficking institutions on the best means to improve the monitoring mechanisms.
4. Activation of Anti-human Trafficking legislations to curb the phenomenon which is wide-spread in Eastern Sudan by some tribal groups.
5. Continuation of awareness campaigns aiming at boosting national and regional cooperation against human trafficking.
6. Providing protection and support to human trafficking victims.
7. Coordination between the human trafficking related institutions through the formation of networks in this regard.
8. Enhancing security partnerships along the borders through joint forces which proved its effect in curbing the phenomenon in the borders with each of Chad, Niger and Libya.