‘Kuwait keen to protect rights, combat trafficking in persons’

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KUWAIT CITY, July 28: The Director- General of the Public Authority for Manpower (PAM) Mubarak Al-Jafour affirmed on Thursday the keenness of the State of Kuwait to protect and preserve human rights, combat human trafficking and promote a culture of protection for them. This came in a press statement by Al-Jafour, who is also a member of the National Committee for the Implementation of the National Strategy to Prevent Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants, on the occasion of the celebration of the International Day to Combat Trafficking in Persons.

Director-General of PAM Mubarak Al-Jafour in a group photo during the event

Al-Jafour called for the need for concerted societal efforts to deter this crime of a global nature, as a resolution was issued by the United Nations General Assembly in 2013 to consider July 30 of each year as the International Day for Combating Trafficking in Persons. He added that the adoption of the national referral system effectively contributed to identifying victims of trafficking in persons and then investigating and prosecuting, stressing that providing protection and assistance to these people came in accordance with applicable international standards. It is noteworthy that the State of Kuwait formed a national committee to prevent trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants under Cabinet Resolution No. 261 in 2018, which includes in its membership the relevant government agencies in the light of the provisions of Law No. 91 of 2013.

A specialized department has also been established to combat trafficking in persons. In 2015 it is affiliated with the General Department of Criminal Investigation and is working on implementing the text of the law, as well as creating a specialized prosecution in these cases. (KUNA)

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