ASEAN leaders sign convention against Trafficking in Persons

On 21 November 2015,  Asean leaders signed the Asean Convention Against Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children (ACTIP).  This document establishes a clear and precise legal framework for the Asean region to address the complex issue of trafficking in persons.

The three principal objectives of ACTIP are:

  1. PREVENT and combat trafficking in persons, especially women and children;
  2. PROTECT and assist human trafficking victims with full respect for their human rights; and,
  3. PROMOTE cooperation among the relevant parties.

Download the Asean Convention Against Trafficking in Persons here: http://www.asean.org/images/2015/November/actip/ACTIP.PDF

Opinion piece in Malaysia’s New Straits Times: http://www.nst.com.my/news/2015/11/113864/tackling-scourge-human-trafficking-rings

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Singapore Accedes to the UN Trafficking in Persons Protocol

On 28th September 2015, Singapore acceded to the United Nations Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children (UN TIP Protocol). The instrument of accession, signed by Minister for Foreign Affairs K Shanmugam, was deposited at the UN Treaty Event in New York held from 28th September to 1st October 2015.

The UN TIP Protocol supplements the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organised Crime (UNTOC). It seeks to prevent and combat trafficking in persons (TIP), protect and assist trafficked victims, and promote cooperation among States Parties.  Singapore’s accession to the UN TIP Protocol affirms its commitment to combat TIP.

In the press release issued by the Singapore Inter-Agency Taskforce on Trafficking in Persons on 29th September, Mr Marvin Sim, Co-chair of the Taskforce and Senior Director, Joint Operations Group, Ministry of Home Affairs, said: “Accession to the UN TIP Protocol represents Singapore’s commitment to combat all forms of trafficking in persons. This is an important step towards stronger cooperation with international law enforcement agencies in fighting this transnational crime. At the same time, we will continue to work closely with domestic partners to raise public awareness, strengthen enforcement, and enhance the provision of care to trafficked victims.”