Sunday, 17 Jan 2021
Thirty-three Omani judges attended the first-day of a workshop addressing issues faced by victims of human trafficking. The event was also attended by over 119 people.

33 judges attend workshop on combating human trafficking

Organised by the National Committee for Combating Human Trafficking (NCCHT) in cooperation with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the two-day workshop started at the Sheraton Oman Hotel on Monday.

Speaking to Muscat Daily, Sayyid Ammar bin Abdullah Sultan al Busaidi, an official from the National Committee for Combating Human Trafficking stated that it was for the initial time that 33 Omani judges have been taking component in a seminar of this type. “We are happy that the judiciary is working unitedly to combat human trafficking,” he stated.

Busaidi stated that two instances of human trafficking have been registered in the sultanate this year and affirmed that the sultanate is committed towards the trigger. The Royal Decree 126/2008 issued on the Anti-Trafficking Law has formulated a National Committee for Combating Human Trafficking. The Royal Decree has laid the platform for combating these crimes.

“The national committee seeks to build, enhance and develop the capacities and skills of those working in this field through conferences, meetings, workshops and awareness programmes.”

 

The NCCHT functions in cooperation with numerous authorities such as the Public Prosecution,  ROP, ministries of Social Development, Manpower, Information, Education, Legal Affairs, Awqaf and Religious Affairs, Justice, Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Oman Human Rights Commission.

Talking about Oman’s national strategy, Busaidi stated the concentrate is on 3 elements, right identification and protection of victims, discovering and prosecuting offenders and making certain public awareness on the understanding of the crime.

Protection of human trafficking victims consists of several elements.

“It is important to provide support, medical and psychiatric help to victims. For this, we opened a facility, Dar al Wifaq in Al Khoudh in March 2013. The facility is run by the Ministry of Social Development,” he stated.

Highlighting the significance of reporting such crimes, he stated, “We call on citizens and residents to report human trafficking crimes on 80077444 or website: www.ncchtoman.gov.om”

Information Source: Muscat Daily

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