Muscat, The National Seminar on Combatting
Human Trafficking was concluded at Sheraton Hotel in Muscat today
under the patronage of Hussein bin Ali al-Hilali, Attorney General.
The two-day seminar was organised by the Sultanate,
represented by the National Committee for Combating Human
Trafficking (NCCHT) in conjunction with the United Nations Office on
Drugs and Crime (UNODC) for the GCC Countries.
The seminar recommended training a team of national experts
and trainers to use them as experts at the national level, as well as in
the United Nations (UN) programmes at the regional and international
levels to present the model of the Sultanate.
The seminar also recommended cooperation and emphasizing
the importance of building the capacity of cadres working in the
national authorities in order to establish and activate the departments
and teams specialised in human trafficking cases (Royal Oman Police,
Public Prosecution, Judiciary, Ministry of Manpower and the Housing
Further, the seminar stressed the importance of providing
support in the design and implementation of a national awareness and
prevention initiative to introduce the phenomenon and how to deal with
it through the hotline and awareness programmes.
The seminar called for building capacities of the media on human
trafficking crimes, based on the training manual of the United Nations
to activate their role as an active partner in the face of this
The seminar also recommended the need to cooperate in
coordinating and activating the rapid intervention team in line with the
national referral system for victims of human trafficking in cooperation
and partnership with all concerned national bodies and under the
supervision of NCCHT members according to its mechanisms and the
way it deems appropriate, with taking into consideration to view
experiences of partner states and sharing such experiences.
Further, the seminar stressed the importance of cooperation in
coordinating national efforts in the field of international cooperation on
human trafficking issues.
The national seminar is part of UNODC’s efforts to build the
capacity of workers in various fields in the Arab countries to combat
human trafficking, with the participation of experts in this field to
consult on how best to address the crime of human trafficking and to
identify best practices in referring victims.
The seminar aimed to provide UN standards, guidelines, statistics
and studies, as well as referral of victims by providing an international
and legal perspective on the investigation of all forms of this crime. It
also aimed to support national and regional cooperation and
communication with relevant authorities and law enforcement agencies
concerned with referring victims in a bid to upgrade the Sultanate’s
efforts at the international level.
At the end of the seminar, the chief guest distributed
certificates to the participants.
Source: Oman News Agency