State Minister for Internal Affairs Mario Obiga Kania said that the plan establishes well-coordinated counter-trafficking responses which be mainly focussed on supporting and protecting survivors and holding perpetrators accountable. It will also put emphasis on how to identify victims, helping them secure justice, and rebuild their lives.
The government has unveiled a five-year National Action Plan and the National Referral Mechanism to enhance the protection of victims of human trafficking.
State Minister for Internal Affairs Mario Obiga Kania said that the plan establishes well-coordinated counter-trafficking responses which be mainly focussed on supporting and protecting survivors and holding perpetrators accountable. It will also emphasize the identification of victims, helping them secure justice, and rebuild their lives.
He added that the government also intends to use the National Action Plan and the National Referral Mechanism as tools for supporting CSO's and other partners fighting to end Human Trafficking. Kania was speaking during an event held at the Headquarters of the Ministry of Internal Affairs to commemorate the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, on Thursday.
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Earlier, Members of the Civil society fighting to end trafficking in persons under their umbrella body the Uganda Coalition Against Trafficking in Persons- UCATIP called out the government to rethink its policy on fighting the vice, which they say has escalated during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Annette Kirabira, the chairperson of the coalition stated that Job losses, poverty, school closures and a rise in online interactions opened new opportunities for organized crime groups to thrive as the world put more emphasis on addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, yet still, the crisis overwhelmed criminal justice systems and made it harder for victims to seek help.
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The UN Resident Coordinator Rosa Malango said that the evil of trafficking in persons is one of the greatest in the current times and combatting it should be among every country's top agenda.
She said that the United Nations is working with governments to invest in awareness campaigns on the situation of victims of human trafficking, to promote and protect their rights but also push for urgent political will and action towards the fight against this problem.
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The Year 2020 marks the twentieth anniversary of the “Palermo Protocol” to the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime - the main international anti-trafficking instrument