Thursday, April 30, 2015

Remarks by H.E. Ms. Khuon Sudary, at the Closing Ceremony of the 2nd ICAPP Workshop on Human Trafficking

H.E. Ms. Khuon Sudary, Member of National Assembly Chairperson of Woman Politicians of National Assembly  Vice-president of the Cambodian Red Cross  Member of the Standing Committee of Cambodian People’s Party at the Closing Ceremony of the 2nd ICAPP Workshop on Human Trafficking
Phnom Penh, 30 April 2015
- Excellency Chung Eui-yong, Co-Chairman of the ICAPP Standing Committee and the ICAPP Secretary General;
- Excellencies Heads of the ICAPP Delegations;
- Excellencies, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen;
Good Afternoon!
1.    It is a pleasure and honor for me to attend the closing of the 2nd ICAPP Workshop on Human Trafficking.
2.    First of all, I would like to join previous speakers in extending my condolences and sympathy to the Government and people of Nepal on the loss of lives and damages of properties.
3.    I also would like to take this opportunity to express my utmost appreciation to members of the second ICAPP workshop for their active contributions to keeping the in-principle culture of ICAPP, friendship, mutual understanding, cooperation and mutual dialogue in order to enhance the effectiveness of the implementation of action plan towards the abolishment of Trafficking in persons.  
4.    The two-day workshop has actively deliberated three key themes, namely (1) Raising Public Awareness on Seriousness and Urgency; (2) Mapping Trans-border Networks of Cooperation; and (3) Establishing a Fast-track Punishment. Back-to-back with this ICAPP Workshop, the Ministry of Women's Affairs of the Royal Government of Cambodia has organized an inter-ministerial meeting of COMMIT on "Regional Commitment to End Human Trafficking through Unity and Innovation". This signifies the strong determination of all the stakeholders, by both governments and political parties as well as civil society organizations, to prevent and eliminate the crime of human trafficking, which is faced by every country in the world. Taking this opportunity, I would like to heartily congratulate the forum on adopting the Phnom Penh Statement on Human Trafficking, which laid down the additional commitments and directions of efforts in continuation of the 2014 Kathmandu Statement.
- Excellencies, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen

5.    Trafficking in persons is a heinous crime which the whole world is facing and is regarded as modern-day slavery of a complex nature. Human trafficking generally takes a variety of forms with national, trans-border and international transactions,​ and the criminals have used all means and methods for the purpose of exploiting the victims in spite of severe punishments.  
6.    As His Excellency Dr. Sok An, Deputy Prime Minister, noted in his opening remarks yesterday morning, it is estimated that more than 20 million victims grievously suffer from forced labor and human trafficking worldwide. Women and children are the most vulnerable and routinely trafficked and sold like commodities, often sold many times, in a multimillion dollar fastest growing criminal industry. To resolve this complex issue, it is required that all countries develop strategy diversification and comprehensive measures as well as close cooperation and collaboration regionally and internationally, in order to successfully combat and suppress this heinous crime. Thus, this international dialogue is an important forum, significantly contributing to the fight against human trafficking.  
7.    The Cambodian People's Party as well as the Royal Government has always been paying close attention and high commitment to the suppression of  human trafficking in strict adherence to the 1993 Constitution of the Kingdom of Cambodia which stipulates in Chapter 3 Article 46 that "Human trafficking, prostitution and sexual harassment infringing on women's dignity are strictly prohibited". In this spirit, the Law on Suppression of Kidnapping, Trafficking and Exploitation of Humans was adopted in 1996 and later amended in 2008 to include all forms of trafficking and punishment degrees for the perpetrators. In addition, the Royal Government also has other laws, policies, and legal instruments to combat all forms of human trafficking. In order to ensure the effectiveness and persistence of the efforts in combating human trafficking, Cambodia has established a National Anti-Human Trafficking Authority as a high-level national mechanism involving all stakeholders, mobilizing all necessary forces and resources to fight against all forms of human trafficking.  
8.    We also recognize that creating women’s economic empowerment is key to enhancing income-generating and business development opportunities for women, through promoting decent wage employment and micro, small and medium enterprise (MSME) development. This also helps to reduce vulnerabilities of women, such as human trafficking, illegal cross-border migration or even domestic violence. As a result, several of our national laws in Cambodia related to labor migration have been revised and will form the basis for guidelines for recruitment agencies and training centers, as well as complaint procedures.
Excellencies, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen

9.    During this 2nd ICCAP workshop, we have had very fruitful discussions on these main objectives, which were the key themes of our panels’ discussion.  I believe that the outcomes of the fruitful deliberations during this international workshop will serve as important inputs to the efforts in combating all forms of human trafficking for each of our ICAPP family countries. To this end, all stakeholders, including political parties, governments, and other inter-agencies, as well as national and international non-governmental organizations and the general population, must work in concert to widely raise awareness of the root causes and legal measures of human trafficking so as to prevent, alleviate and eliminate the heinous and sweeping criminal activities.   
10. Furthermore, building on the Kathmandu Statement of the 1st ICAPP Workshop in 2014, the discussions and deliberation of this 2nd ICAPP Workshop have resulted in the adoption this afternoon of the Phnom Penh Statement on Human Trafficking.  In this Statement, the participants have agreed to continue their deliberations within the framework of the ICAPP Women’s Wing, in order to create synergies and good cooperation among all stakeholders in the fight against human trafficking.  This includes developing effective data collection, research, and information sharing; partnering with the private and media sectors in promoting greater awareness raising activities;  mobilizing joint efforts among stakeholders; promoting gender equality and preventing gender discrimination in labor markets; promoting legal migration of skilled workers, and providing recovery treatment services, training, and technical assistance for trafficking victims so that they can reintegrate into society.

11. Taking this opportunity, I would like to call for more active counter-human trafficking campaigns, at the national, regional and global levels, so that the rights, freedom, safety and dignity of the humanity are protected. Furthermore, may the spirit of the workshop on human trafficking become the catalyst for the fight against all such inhumane activities as trafficking, right abuses, forced labor, intimidation and killing in order to contribute to the equitable, harmonious and sustainable development.    
12. Last but not least, I would like to express my gratitude to two leading political parties in Cambodia, Cambodian People’s Party(CPP) and Funcinpec Party, for co-hosting the workshop, and my appreciation to the ICAPP Women's Wing and the ICAPP Secretariat for the successful organization of the workshop. I also extended my most sincere thanks and profound appreciation to Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo, Prime Minister of the Royal Government of the Kingdom of Cambodia for support and providing means to fight human trafficking in our country. 
13. I also wish to extend a special thanks to the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) for co-sponsoring the 2nd ICAPP Workshop on Human Trafficking.    
14. Once again, I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the ICAPP Secretariat and the Organizing Committee of the 2nd ICAPP Workshop on Human Trafficking for having organized such an important forum, and my heartfelt thanks to all the ICAPP delegates, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen for sparing their valuable times participating in this workshop.  You have demonstrated your commitment and dedication to this important issue, and I am truly impressed and delighted by the very active participation of everyone during these past two days. 
Finally, I wish you all good health, happiness and every success.
 I now declare the 2nd ICAPP Workshop on Human Trafficking closed.

I thank you for your kind attention!

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