His Excellency Dr Gargash chairs meeting UAE will launch media campaign after summer
The UAE National Committee to Combat Human Trafficking concluded its 10th meeting today in Dubai with a draft plan for the next phase of its counter trafficking strategy.
Amongst other key topics, discussions focused on a draft plan to launch a nation- wide media campaign in the UAE on the nature of human trafficking and the tough penalties, according to UAE Federal Law 51 against any perpetrators of this crime.
Dr. Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Chair of the UAE National Committee to Combat Trafficking, said: "Although the UAE has achieved a number of important objectives over the past year in combating this crime on several fronts, we will continue to push forward with new initiatives. Through the commitment of our leadership, the work of an active national committee as well as our four-pillared action plan, we aim to accelerate and improve on the progress achieved so far over the past year."
A media campaign has been planned to raise awareness of the issue locally, foster public-private partnership on trafficking issues and familiarize residents with the unjust and unacceptable aspects of this crime. The campaign also aims to act as a deterrent to criminals in demonstrating the UAECs firm stand and tough punishment imposed on traffickers.
"Human trafficking is a crime that is totally unacceptable, and it is our responsibility as a member of the global community to do everything in our power to combat human trafficking and we will launch a nation-wide awareness campaign soon as part of our efforts,” said Gargash.
National Committee members also discussed the next phase of the UAECs counter- trafficking strategy including a renewed focus on ensuring protection in UAE law for domestic workers as per the recent Cabinet decision, and to ensure prosecution of violations under the UAE’s tough human trafficking law.