ASEAN signs convention vs human trafficking

RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 21 2015 06:06 PM

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on Saturday signed the ASEAN Convention on Trafficking in Persons (ACTIP), which addresses the issue of human trafficking, especially of women and children.

The convention was signed after the ASEAN plenary session in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The ACTIP establishes a legal framework for the region to effectively address the issue of trafficking in persons, demonstrating the political will and commitment of the ASEAN member-states in protecting victims of trafficking, as well as preventing and combatting human trafficking within the region.

The objectives of ACTIP include effectively preventing and fighting trafficking in persons, as well as ensuring just and effective punishment of traffickers. It also aims to protect and assist victims of trafficking in persons, with full respect for their human rights.

The ACTIP, likewise, promotes cooperation among the relevant parties to meet these objectives.

This is the second convention signed by ASEAN, following the ASEAN Convention on Counter Terrorism, which was signed in 2007.

In 2011, ASEAN leaders gave the ministers in charge of transnational crimes the task to work on a convention on trafficking in persons.