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Report on the National Anti-Trafficking Workshop in China

October 04, 2007

Hosted by the National Working Committee on Children and Women under the State Council and the Ministry of Public Security, in cooperation with the UNIAP China Office and the International Organisation for Migration, the National Anti-Trafficking Workshop was successfully held from 26 to 31 August 2007, in Lijiang, Yunnan Province. This training aimed to further improve the capabilities of personnel engaged in anti-trafficking work, more powerfully promoting the effective implementation of the six country, regional Memorandum of Understanding and the Sub-Regional Plan of Action.

Representatives attending this national training came from the National Working Committee on Children and Women under the State Council, the Ministry of Public Security, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Central Committee for Comprehensive Management of Public Security, the Youth Corps Central Committee and leaders at all levels who are engaged in anti-trafficking work from relevant departments in Yunnan, Guangxi, Guangdong, Sichuan, Shanxi and Gilin Provinces. The UNIAP China Office and the International Organisation of Migration China Liaison Office also sent personnel to attend the training.

The training focused on the international and national definitions of trafficking, prevention, protection and legal assistance for victims, the prosecution of traffickers, etc. Lively discussions on issues concerning theory and practice took place. Everybody thought that, China’s trafficking legislation is included in China’s Criminal Law, Labour Law, Public Order Regulations and other laws and regulations. It is necessary to further consider how the “trafficking definition” used in the International Protocol on Human Trafficking can be integrated into China’s laws, as well as to compare and cooperate with other countries. The participants believe that, anti-trafficking work is a long-term and arduous task, under the leadership of the government with the participation of many departments and national and international cooperation, from the grassroots to national level everyone must make a concerted effort. The Chinese Ministry of Public Security has already made combating human trafficking a priority, so that the economy can benefit it should also link up with many departments to undertake comprehensive improvements, all-round prevention and develop methods to prevent human trafficking at the lowest cost for the largest society.

The trainers were Deputy Director-General Huang TaiYun from the Criminal Legislation Department of the Legislative Affairs Commission of the National People’s Congress, Prof. Liang ShuYing from the China University of Political Science and Law, Dr. Mi XiaoXiong from the Social Policy Research Centre of the China’s Academy of Social Sciences, Tong JiYu, a researcher from the Yunnan Academy of Social Sciences and Lance Bonneau, a senior regional programme officer for the International Organisation for Migration.

Those who attended the training thoroughly approved of the training methods and made positive suggestions on the content of the training.

(Provided by the UNIAP China Office, August 2008)



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