United Arab Emirates Establishes National Committee to Combat Human Trafficking
Monday, July 30, 2007 10:51 AM

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has established a Committee to Combat Human Trafficking. The committee met for its third meeting, held in Abu Dhabi, where it outlined its continuing commitment to combat the crime and assist victims of human trafficking.

The meeting focused on ways to strengthen communication between local and federal authorities and enable them to identify incidents of human rights violations. In an effort to educate the public, the Committee is planning a series of lectures and workshops to inform law enforcement, health and social services personnel about the issue of trafficking. The Committee also proposed training for police and prosecutors.

Victim protection received special attention at the meeting. Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE, Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, established the Dubai Women’s and Children’s Foundation, which provides physical and psychological treatment to victims of abuse and trafficking. Rehabilitating the victims, as well as educating government officials, is part of UAE’s efforts to combat trafficking in persons.

Compiled from: "UAE National Committee to Combat Human Trafficking Moves Forward with Plan in 3rd Meeting," UAE Interact, 25 July 2007.