Assistant Foreign Minister confirms Bahrain’s success in combating trafficking in persons

Manama, Assistant Foreign Minister, Abdulla bin Faisal bin Jabur Al Doseri, has affirmed the success of the Kingdom of Bahrain in combating trafficking in persons and its distinguished and effective efforts in supporting the international community to address this phenomenon, which constitutes a human crime that must be highlighted further, regardless of its various forms and justifications.

This took place when the Assistant Foreign Minister received, at his office at the Ministry's General Court, a delegation from the Kingdom of the Netherlands headed by the National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Human Beings and Sexual Violence against Children, Herman Bolhaar, who is on an official visit to the Kingdom of Bahrain, and in the presence of the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Residing in the State of Kuwait, Frans Potuyt.

The Assistant Foreign Minister welcomed Mr. Bolhaar and his visit to the Kingdom, expressing his great pride in the distinguished friendship and cooperation relations between Bahrain and the Netherlands, which reflects the two Kingdom's constant desire to elevate bilateral relations in a way that would meet their common interests and benefit them and their friendly people.

The Assistant Foreign Minister also stressed the Kingdom's steadfast stance in rejecting trafficking in persons and all forms of human exploitation at all levels, reviewing the Kingdom's continuous role and efforts to promote and protect human rights, under the guidance of the reform approach of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, as it maintained its advanced position in combating trafficking in persons by obtaining Tier 1 for the second time in a row, among the most successful countries in this field based on the report of the United States Department of State, in addition to holding the Government Forum to Combat Trafficking in Persons in the Middle East in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

The forum stressed that the Kingdom is an advanced example of a small country that has taken great steps in the field of combating trafficking in persons by all legal means, including the legal prosecution system and the abolition of sponsorship system for foreign workers.

The Assistant Minister added that the Kingdom has made great progress in issuing and activating laws and policies against trafficking in persons, as it has established contact centres to report such cases, provided human cadres to receive reports, verify and address them in legal ways, and has also established a care and shelter centre for victims of trafficking in persons.

In addition, Bahrain joined the International Organisation for Migration and is participating in its work in order to strengthen and activate cooperation in the field of combating trafficking in persons at the national and global levels, and the Kingdom also applies severe penalties for the perpetrators of this crime.

Mr. Bolhaar expressed his pride in meeting the Assistant Foreign Minister, praising the central role of the Kingdom of Bahrain in addressing trafficking in persons and its outstanding efforts in this field.

He also stressed the importance of developing joint cooperation and coordination, and the desire of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to benefit from the experience and success of the Kingdom of Bahrain in the fight against this phenomena in order to join efforts in battling it at the national, regional and international levels, wishing Bahrain further progress and prosperity.

Source: Bahrain News Agency