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CIS experts to discuss joint efforts to combat human trafficking in Minsk

MINSK, 3 June (BelTA) – An expert group will convene at the CIS Executive Committee headquarters in Minsk on 4-5 June to finalize and harmonize the CIS draft program of joint efforts to combat trafficking in human beings for 2014-2018, BelTA learnt from the press service of the CIS Executive Committee.

The document envisages improvement and expansion of the legal framework of cooperation, as well as harmonization and unification of laws related to human trafficking and assistance to trafficking victims. The draft program also stipulates coordinated efforts, preventive investigative work, information and scientific support, collaboration in personnel training and enhancement of qualifications.

The measures stipulated in the program are based on principles of the international law, analysis of the crime rate and its projections in the CIS member states, results of research projects, and best practices in combating human trafficking, the press service informed.

The existing cooperation program will expire in 2013. The new program was developed by the Secretariat and the scientific-methods center of the CIS Coordinating Council of Prosecutors-General. This will be the fourth program of this kind drafted in the Commonwealth, the CIS press service added.

The previous expert discussion of the document was held in Minsk in April. Taking part in it were representatives of Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, the CIS Interparliamentary Assembly, the Council of Border Troops Commanders, the CIS Coordinating Council of Prosecutors-General, the Council of Interior Ministers, and other agencies.

The participants of the session largely finalized and reconciled the draft program and decided to forward the materials of the meeting to the CIS member states for the further examination. New remarks and suggestions submitted by the member states will be considered during the forthcoming meeting of the experts.