OSCE, Borchardt: Human Trafficking Requires Constant Alignment of Legislation
Albanian Daily News
Published October 18, 2016

Remarks by Head of Presence, Ambassador Bernd Borchardt, at national conference against trafficking in persons on Tuesday.



“I
am honoured to be part of this discussion on human trafficking and to
work together with the Albanian Government, international community and
civil society on fighting against modern-day slavery.

Trafficking
in human beings concerns all OSCE participating States, both as a
security threat and a human rights issue. Against this background the
OSCE PiA has been involved in the support of the Albanian
government in fighting trafficking for a very long time. 

In
view of the mass migration we experience lately in particular from
conflict areas trafficking is doomed to become a bigger challenge again,
to become more threatening.


Virtually
all countries in the region are countries of origin, transit, or
destination, or a combination of the above. Albania’s anti-trafficking
efforts are an encouraging example of addressing human trafficking
in a comprehensive way, however, the phenomenon requires the constant
alignment of legislation, policies and actions with international
commitments and challenges, such as, victims’ identification remain to
be addressed.

I
commend the intensive efforts assumed by Ms Gjebrea, as National
Anti-Trafficking Coordinator, to dedicate this October to
awareness-raising activities throughout the country. I trust this will
contribute
to increase trafficking victims identification, and consequently to
their protection as well as offenders’ prosecution.

The
OSCE Presence in Albania has been supporting the Government and civil
society in the overall implementation of the anti-trafficking
commitments. Our work is based on promoting a human rights approach in
the protection, prevention and prosecution phases of anti-trafficking
action. Furthermore, our approach is based on promoting actions that
mainstream fighting against human trafficking into other policy areas -
migration, child protection, employment and gender
equality.


Our
Presence remains ready to assist the government and the other
stakeholders in the implementation of the commitments and in
accomplishing the ambitious mission to eradicate modern-day slavery. It
has no
place in a civilized world.”





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