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Ending human peddling – ‘National strategy needed’

KUWAIT CITY, June 5, (KUNA): Human trafficking and migrants smuggling in all of its manifestations should be dealt with through setting up a national strategy, Minister of Justice and Minister of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs Yagoub Al-Sanae stressed on Sunday. Human trafficking is a direct violation to human rights, the minister said in a press conference on the matter.

He added that the Kuwaiti constitution protects the rights of people regardless of their race and nationalities, hence comes the importance of setting up a national strategy to counter human trafficking and migrant smuggling.

This national strategy, once approved by the Cabinet, will prevent, protect and build various levels of partnerships, he said. Meanwhile, Director General of Public Authority of Civil Information (PACI) Musaad Al-Asousi said a data base on statistics and demography of all nationalities will be available to help the strategy to achieve its goal. On his part, Interior Ministry Assistant Undersecretary for Criminal Security Major General Abdulhamid Al-Awadhi said that a human trafficking department was established and 8 cases were arrested. He noted that there is an existing cooperation with international organizations the US embassy to combat this phenomenon.

Chief of the National Security Bureau (NSB) Sheikh Thamer Ali Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah, who is currently on a visit to Singapore, discussed on Sunday with Singaporean Minister of Defense and Foreign Affairs Ng Eng Hen the latest developments on the regional and international arenas.

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