Malaysian NGOs demand government action on human trafficking

26 July 2016 – Malaysian authorities need to prosecute more human trafficking cases if they are serious about tackling the problem, NGO leaders said Tuesday as a U.S. ambassador at-large who specializes on the issue was visiting the country.

Representatives of several local NGOs voiced such concerns during a Monday night meeting in Kuala Lumpur with Susan Coppedge, the U.S. State Department’s envoy for the monitoring and combating of human trafficking, according to one of them. They also told Coppedge about their frustration over a lack of official follow-up after last year’s discovery of scores of graves in the jungles of northern Perlis state that held the remains of smuggled people.

“We feel that we can have all the laws on trafficking that we want in Malaysia, but if there is not enough implementation on the ground, nothing is going to work,” Sumitha Shaanthinni Kishna, coordinator of the Migration Working Group, one of the NGOs, told BenarNews.

“That’s what we told her, we are more concerned on what’s being implemented on the ground rather than what being put on paper.”

Read the full story in BenarNews: Malaysian NGOs Demand Government Action on Human Trafficking

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