The Head of the Ukrainian PABSEC delegation Mrs. Lyudmila Denisova addressed the 16th OSCE Conference on Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, Vienna, 12 April 2016

The Head of the Ukrainian PABSEC delegation Mrs. Lyudmila Denisova addressed the 16th OSCE Conference on Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, Vienna, 12 April 2016

On 12 April 2016 the Head of the Ukrainian PABSEC delegation Mrs. Lyudmila Denisova took part in the 16th OSCE Conference on Combatting Trafficking in Human Beings for the Purpose of Forced Criminality (Vienna, the Republic of Austria) on behalf of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation.

Mrs. Lyudmila Denisova said that “among the international organizations, many of which are functioning for more than half a century, PABSEC is relatively young organization, which represents the interests of 12 countries in the Black Sea region as a platform for discussing political, economic, social and cultural issues and initiatives of the Member States, as well as cooperation with other international organizations”.

She underlined that the theme of the conference “Combatting Trafficking in Human Beings” remains highly topical in spite of all the efforts of the world community. For the past years trafficking in human beings is expanding and changes its shape and due to its high profitability involves an increasing number of criminal groupings that poses the real threat to global society.

She said that “the problem of human trafficking is also complex in the sense that many countries are involved in trafficking network either as source, destination or transit states. Moreover, some of the countries may play all three roles at a time. Therefore, development of an effective strategy to combat trafficking calls for the comprehensive analyses of the causes of trafficking and its operational mechanisms”. In this respect the relevant governmental agencies and non-governmental organisations have to take joint efforts to prevent and stop trafficking in human beings. Moreover, an effective strategy must be elaborated to involve greater international cooperation.

The authorities at local, national and international levels should promote information campaigns to alert general public and to protect potential victims from traffickers. The police have to play a critical role in tracing and revealing trafficking operations. At the same time, the prevention efforts by police forces could be improved by setting up of special units that will coordinate efforts of different government departments and agencies locally and at the regional level.

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation has discussed the problem of trafficking in human beings and has adopted the respective recommendations.

Mrs. Lyudmila Denisova quoted the PABSEC Recommendation that “in this document the Assembly recommends the parliaments and governments of the PABSEC member countries to promote ratification of the international conventions on trafficking in persons and on slavery. Also the Assembly recommendations propose to enact legislation, including stiff penalties, as well as to adopt and enforce effective criminal and civil measures against perpetrators in order to provide better protection of the potential victims from traffickers. Also it was recommended to set up common inter-country mechanisms to tackle the trafficking problem in sending and receiving countries, including the provisions of safe and protective repatriation programmes”.

She noted that some of these recommendations are not implemented by one of the PABSEC Member States. “In particular the country who at present conducts military aggression against Ukraine does not “promote resolution of the problem of returning persons who were taken as prisoners of war during the conflicts in the region” (subparagraph 3 of paragraph 7 of Recommendation 35/1999 on Legal Framework for Combating Trafficking in People”.

At the end of her speech the Head of the Ukrainian PABSEC delegation stressed that the Parliamentary Assembly of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation shares the global responsibility concentrating its efforts on ensuring safety and well-being of peoples and is determined to increase the cooperation in the fight against human trafficking. On behalf of the PABSEC she assured the participants about the sincerely wish to work closely together for the benefit of peoples and expressed hope that the cooperation will enlarge in order to reach the goals, as well as to strengthen the atmosphere of mutual understanding, trust, peace and stability.

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