UN stresses importance of African-European cooperation in combating human trafficking

VIENNA, A statement issued by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, UNODC, in Vienna has said that the dismantling of smuggling networks in Mediterranean countries and the protection of migrants requires close collaboration between countries of origin, transit and destination, as well as strengthening judicial dialogue and cooperation.

Christina Albertin, Regional Representative of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in the Middle East and North Africa, expressed her conviction that African and European countries could do more to facilitate the exchange of information, ensure the confiscation of proceeds of crime and extradition, They are trafficked according to international standards.

The statement referred to the African-European Conference on International Judicial Cooperation and Human Trafficking and Smuggling of Migrants organised by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Egypt in cooperation with its Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa, with the participation of international and regional organisations working in the field of trafficking in persons and smuggling Such as the African Union, the European Union, the International Organisation for Migration and UNICEF.

The UNODC pointed out that the delegations participating in the conference presented the latest developments in strengthening regional and international cooperation in relation to the investigation and prosecution of human trafficking and smuggling of migrants. It highlighted challenges, best practices and mechanisms of international cooperation, including requests for confiscation of proceeds of crime, extradition, mutual legal assistance, Networks of transnational organised crime.

Source: Emirates News Agency