Today the closing ceremony of the 9th Staff Course for border officials from 18 countries was held at the OSCE Border Management Staff College in Dushanbe.
Twenty-six mid and senior-level officers of border, customs and drug control agencies from Afghanistan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Estonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Georgia, Greece, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Poland, Russian Federation, Slovak Republic, Tajikistan, Tunisia and Ukraine attended the course.
The one-month training aimed at strengthening the capacities of border security practitioners. The training was designed and conducted in line with the OSCE Border Security and Management Concept. It integrates modern border management techniques and equips participants with thorough knowledge in border security and management. The course included sessions on combatting transnational threats and risks, trade facilitation and customs management, countering terrorism and extremism, integrity and anti-corruption, money laundering, trafficking in human beings, refugees and migration, as well as gender and leadership in border management. […]
Lawyers and legal practitioners from six countries gathered to share good practices in providing accessible and effective legal assistance to trafficked persons, during a regional seminar organized by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) in Istanbul on 23 and 24 October 2013.
The seminar brought together legal experts from Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan who specialize in providing legal assistance to trafficked persons. They discussed experiences, good practices and challenges in such areas as the provision of pro-bono legal aid, co-operation with state institutions and the private sector, national legal frameworks, access of trafficked persons to free legal aid and the ability of trafficking victims to claim compensation.
The experts worked together to develop recommendations for states, civil society, private lawyers, law firms and bar associations on improving access to legal assistance and remedy for trafficking victims. […]
The OSCE Office in Baku has announced today the results of the contest for media reports highlighting the problems of human trafficking and forced labour in Azerbaijan.
The contest organizers sought to identify the best investigative reports on human trafficking produced from January 2012 to August 2013 in three categories: sexual exploitation, forced labour and child exploitation. An evaluation committee representing international and civil society organizations reviewed some 30 articles submitted by journalists from various print and online media outlets and selected three winners. […]
Three key international anti-trafficking expert mechanisms today called for a concerted global response to fight the transnational scourge of trafficking in persons.
"Partnership is the backbone for effective co-ordinated efforts to implement a human-rights based approach while addressing this multi-faceted phenomenon", they said on the occasion of the European Anti-Trafficking Day.
"Co-operation between origin, transit and destination countries, but also with regional and international mechanisms, as well as private stakeholders such as multinational corporations and civil society organizations, is essential for comprehensive responses to trafficking in persons", stressed the human rights experts from the United Nations, the Council of Europe and the Organization for Co-operation and Security in Europe (OSCE). […]
The OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Leonid Kozhara marked European Anti-Trafficking Day today by calling for efficient implementation by all participating States of their commitments to eradicate trafficking in human beings.
Promoting the fight against trafficking in human beings was reaffirmed by the Ukrainian OSCE Chairmanship in 2013 as one of its priorities, with the aim of addressing all forms of this heinous crime that violates human dignity and undermines human rights and fundamental freedoms in the OSCE area.
The OSCE Chairperson underlined the urgency of strengthening co-operation within the OSCE, stepping up international efforts to prevent human trafficking, adequately protect trafficked persons and prosecute traffickers. "New specific features and forms of trafficking in human beings have to be recognized and properly addressed. Our tools to oppose modern-day slavery need to be updated to meet its current challenges", Kozhara said. […]