Interpol meet discusses Sudan ‘camel children’
07 Dec 2017 - 8:27
Doha: The 5th Interpol Global Conference on Trafficking in Human Beings and Smuggling of Migrants discussed several topics related to emerging trends in the crime of human trafficking and forced participation in criminal activities and organ removal purposes, with a review of some case studies on trafficking routes, traffickers’ specifications, criminal methods and issues that should be taken in consideration by policy makers.
The session, which was held during the conference, dealt with international cooperation in the fight against trafficking in human beings and reviewed some successful experiences of international and regional organisations through the activation of international cooperation and the exchange of information across borders.
Executive Director of Operations at Qatar Charity (QC) Faisal Rashid Al Fahida explained that the crime of trafficking in human beings is a strange paradox between the advanced human civilisation due to the rapid scientific and technological progress and its fragile value level, which is incapable of human brutality towards his brother for illicit gain, which made trafficking in human beings among the most profitable crimes in the world. He considered that human trafficking is a new slavery and fighting it is a direct defence of the achievements of human civilization and complacency in this regard brings humanity back to the ancient centuries.
Al Fahida explained that QC recognises that combating human trafficking requires a comprehensive approach and a collective effort based on guaranteeing human rights as defined by the international legitimacy of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, in addition to ensuring the rights of peoples to development in accordance with the United Nations Universal Declaration of the Right to Development.
QC Executive Director of Operations stressed that this approach should ensure cooperation among all actors at the national, regional and international levels in order to take into consideration the three geographical dimensions of the phenomenon of human trafficking source countries, transit and destination countries.
He assured that comprehensive development in poor and needy communities is an effective means of contributing to combating human trafficking.
Al Fahida reviewed QC’s experience in handling the phenomenon of Sudanese “camel children”, whereas QC collaborated with its partners to facilitate the reintegration of camel children in their home country. QC worked on handling phenomenon by addressing the root causes of their migration and exposure to these practices. QC efforts focused on a range of interventions in the camel children exporting areas of Kassala State.
QC’s efforts included enhancing the role of Sudanese government institutions in protecting children from the phenomenon of trafficking in human beings, raising social awareness of the phenomenon and ways to prevent it, supporting economic empowerment and livelihood efforts, providing basic services to citizens in education, health and water, providing infrastructure and connecting areas to markets and cities to undo its isolation.