RABAT Morocco (Xinhua) --
Morocco and Cote d’Ivoire have called for
sustainable and inclusive political solutions for crises facing
Africa, a final statement issued following Morocco’s King
Mohammed visit to Cote d’Ivoire said.
The King and Ivorian
President Alassane Ouattara reiterated their will to see a more
united and solidarity-based Africa, capable of fighting
efficiently and victoriously against the new forms of
criminality, namely terrorism, cybercrimes, sea piracy and drug
trafficking, according to the statement carried by the official
MAP news agency on Wednesday.
The two leaders also
urged the international community to join hands in order to
eradicate these scourges for good.
welcomed the return of Morocco to the African Union (AU) and
underlined the Kingdom’s decisive role in consolidating peace
and security in the continent.
Late in January,
Morocco rejoined AU after a 33-year absence from the pan-African
They also welcomed
the excellent cooperation between Morocco and Cote d’Ivoire,
which have already signed 143 agreements, stressing the need for
implementing these agreements to achieve the development of
their countries and the well-being of their people.
Cote d’Ivoire was
the final step in an African tour that led the Moroccan king to
South Sudan, Zambia, Ghana and Guinea. The tour resulted in the
signing of nearly 80 agreements between Morocco and the five
Sudan says EU fails commitments
Sudan combats against illegal immigration
KHARTOUM Sudan (Xinhua)
-- Sudan on Wednesday said the European Union (EU) has not
fulfilled its commitments to supporting Sudan’s efforts to
combat illegal immigration and human trafficking.
Minister Ibrahim Ghandour has informed a visiting EU delegation
of the failure.
minister reiterated that the EU has not fulfilled its
commitments made in Valletta Conference in Malta to support
Sudan to combat illegal immigration and human trafficking via
controlling its borders with neighboring countries,” said
Sudan’s Foreign Ministry in a statement.
On Tuesday, a joint
work session was held at the premises of Sudan’s foreign
ministry between Sudan and Africa’s working group at the EU
Commission which brings together representatives of member
states, where the session was attended by EU Special Envoy for
Religious Freedom, the EU Ambassador to Sudan, some ambassadors
and representatives of the European embassies in Sudan.
According to the
statement, the session reviewed issues of peace, dialogue in
Sudan, refugees, combating human trafficking and illegal
immigration and religious freedoms.
had previously vowed to support Sudan in combating human
trafficking after Khartoum asked for logistical air and maritime
support to pursue the multi-national human smugglers.
Sudan has witnessed
an increase in organized activities in the human trafficking and
illegal immigration fields.
In October 2014,
Sudan hosted an international conference on combating human
trafficking and illegal immigration which included the
participation of African and European countries.
Khartoum said it is
maintaining high-level coordination with Ethiopia, Eritrea,
Djibouti, Egypt, Libya and Tunisia from Africa as well as Italy,
Spain, France and Britain to face the phenomenon.
Sudan is considered
one of the thoroughfares for human trafficking and illegal
UN member states urged to
strictly implement rules on prosecuting traffickers
UNITED NATIONS New York (Xinhua) --
Senior UN officials said here Wednesday
that human trafficking thrives in countries where the rule of
law is weak or non-existent, calling on governments to make
better use of the tools created under the UN flag to stop the
victimization of men, women and children.
came as they were speaking at an open debate of the UN Security
Council on trafficking in persons in conflict situations, forced
labour, slavery and other similar practices.
“At a time of
divisions in so many areas, this should be an issue that can
unite us,” UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said, stressing
that “slavery is not a thing of the past.”
“Let us come
together around the key issues of prosecution, protection and
prevention, and thereby build a future without human
trafficking,” Guterres said.
secretary-general outlined a number of UN tools that exist which
can be used to punish human trafficking, and to prevent it in
the first place.
Among them is the UN
Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and its
Protocol, which includes the first internationally agreed
definition of the crime of trafficking in persons and provides a
framework to effectively prevent and combat it.
Meanwhile, the UN
chief also noted the International Labour Organization (ILO)
Conventions and the complementary Global Plan of Action on Human
Trafficking. Approved in 2010, the Plan aims to better
coordinate national responses to this scourge, and includes a UN
Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Trafficking in Persons,
Especially Women and Children.
Guterres called on
UN member states to strengthen intelligence-sharing and other
law enforcement while addressing the underlying vulnerabilities
of victims, such as educating girls, respecting the rights of
minorities and creating safe paths for migration.
He called for
engagement with the private sector, and cautioned that any
support needs to incorporate the voices and views of the people
According to 2016
Global Report on Trafficking in Persons, issued in late December
by United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), victims of
trafficking are found in 106 of 193 countries. Many of these are
in conflict areas, where the crimes are not prosecuted.
“For organized crime
networks, human trafficking is a low-risk, high-reward criminal
business, a perception reinforced by the inexcusably low
conviction rates still reported around the world,” Yury Fedotov,
executive director of UNODC, told the 15-nation council via
videoconference from Vienna.
In addition to an
estimated 21 million people around the world who are victims of
forced labour and extreme exploitation, Fedotov discussed the
threats facing refugees and displaced persons.
displaces countless people, as the rule of law breaks down, as
cooperation between countries falter, criminals see a clear
business opportunity,” he said.
The best way to
counter trafficking and protect the most vulnerable is to fully
implement and make sure of the frameworks already in place, said
He noted that the
Global Plan of Action will be reviewed this October, and will
focus on trafficking in conflict situations.
“I hope you will
take advantage of this opportunity,” Fedotov said at the council
persons is a serious crime and a grave violation of human
rights. Every year, thousands of men, women and children fall
into the hands of traffickers, in their own countries and
Almost every country
in the world is affected by trafficking, whether as a country of
origin, transit or destination for victims.
UNODC, as guardian
of the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized
Crime (UNTOC) and the Protocols thereto, assists States in their
efforts to implement the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and
Punish Trafficking in Persons, also known as the Trafficking in