Azerbaijani Parliament Adopts New Law to Combat Human Trafficking
Tuesday, July 5, 2005 9:05 AM

The Azerbaijani parliament adopted a new law on 28 June to combat human trafficking, "Baku Today" reported. According to parliamentary Human Rights Committee Chairwoman Rabiyyat Aslanova, the new law calls for the appointment of a new "national coordinator" empowered to oversee the establishment of several "special rehabilitation centers" designed to aid victims of human trafficking. The Azerbaijani Criminal Code is also to be revised to include new penalties for human trafficking. Aslanova said that 283 people have been victims of human trafficking and 161 suspected traffickers were convicted in Azerbaijan last year. RG

Published in: RFE/RL NEWSLINE Vol. 9, No. 124, Part I, 30 June 2005

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