Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Declaration Against Trafficking in Persons Particularly Women and Children

The “ASEAN Declaration Against Trafficking in Persons Particularly Women and Children” (2004) was adopted on 29 November 2004 during the 10th Summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) by the ten ASEAN heads of state. The purpose of the declaration is to establish a regional focal network for sharing of information, views, and strengthen operations and co-operation to prevent and combat trafficking in persons, particularly women and children, in the ASEAN region. Further demonstrating their commitment to combatting trafficking in persons, ASEAN heads of state signed the legally binding ASEAN (2015) “Convention Against Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children” on 21 November 2015.

The Coordinated Mekong Ministerial Initiative Against Trafficking (COMMIT)

In 2004, Cambodia, China, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, and Viet Nam signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Cooperation against Trafficking in Persons at the Ministerial level. The MOU commits the governments to a human-trafficking response that meets international standards, and highlights the need for multi-lateral, bilateral, and government-NGO co-operation in the fight against human trafficking. At the national level, the COMMIT Process is governed by the six national COMMIT Taskforces that are each comprised of government officials from the relevant ministries - including police, justice, social welfare, and women’s affairs. At the regional level, two representatives from each COMMIT Taskforce meet at least twice a year with the goal of setting priorities and holding discussions on urgent issues at a regional level.

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