Taiwan: Firm Stance To Be Taken Against Human Trafficking
Vice-President Wu Den-yih stated that democracy, freedom, human rights and the rule of law are the core values and policymaking foundations of the ROC government, and no effort will be spared in the fight against human trafficking.
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Democracy, freedom, human rights and the rule of law are the core values and policymaking foundations of the ROC government, and no effort will be spared in the fight against human trafficking, Vice President Wu Den-yih said Oct. 1.
“Human rights protection is a universal value, while the struggle against trafficking in persons requires international collaboration,” Wu said. “The government’s attempts to combat such crimes underscore its commitment in this regard.”
The vice president’s remarks came during the opening ceremony of the International Workshop on Strategies for Combating Human Trafficking in Taipei City.
Organized by the National Immigration Agency under the Ministry of the Interior, the workshop aims to promote exchanges and global collaboration in human rights protection.
According to the NIA, the one-day event attracted around 200 experts, officials and scholars from home and abroad, including Brazil, Canada, India, Italy, Mongolia, Paraguay, The Gambia, Vietnam, the U.K. and 11 other countries.
The workshop featured six panel discussions focusing on the protection of youths from sexual crimes and fishery workers from labor exploitation. Invited speakers included senior officials from the Australian Federal Police, the Eurojust and U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Wu said the government has worked hard to implement wide-ranging human rights improvements in recent years. Such initiatives include the promulgation in January 2009 of the Human Trafficking Prevention Act and two months later, ratification by the Legislature of the U.N. International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and U.N. International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, he added.
This undertaking has attracted global recognition, the vice president said, with the nation named for the fourth consecutive year in the top tier of the latest U.S. State Department Trafficking in Persons Report.