• Established in 1999
  • Meets once in two years
  • Last meeting: 17th SOMTC and Its Related Meetings, Vientiane, Lao PDR, 23-26 May 2017
  • Voluntary Lead Shepherds and Areas of Cooperation under SOMTC:

 

ASEAN Member States Areas of Cooperation
Cambodia Arms Smuggling
Indonesia Terrorism
Malaysia Money Laundering
Sea Piracy
People Smuggling
Philippines Trafficking in Persons
Singapore International Economic Crime
Cybercrime
Thailand Illicit Drug Trafficking
Illicit Trafficking of Wildlife and Timber
  • SOMTC Working Group on Trafficking in Persons (WG on TIP)

The SOMTC WG on TIP was first institutionalised at the 7th SOMTC in June 2007 in Vientiane, Lao PDR. Since then, the Working Group has met at least once every year. Apart from monitoring the implementation of the SOMTC Work Programme, especially with regard to the trafficking in persons component, the SOMTC WG on TIP also facilitates exchange of information and experiences on issues related to trafficking in persons among ASEAN Member States; considers ways and means to strengthen regional and international cooperation to prevent and combat trafficking in persons; and facilitates donor coordination and cooperation on projects within the ASEAN region in relation to trafficking in persons. Recently, the 14th SOMTC WG on TIP was held in May 2017 in Vientiane.

  • SOMTC Working Group on Counter Terrorism (WG on CT)

The SOMTC WG on CT was institutionalised during the 7th SOMTC held in Vientiane, Lao PDR in June 2007. The Working Group has been held annually and as deemed necessary to facilitate discussions on the development of terrorism cases in the region, as well as ways to enhance cooperation to counter the challenge.  The WG on CT also serves as a permanent mechanism for monitoring and reviewing the implementation of ASEAM Convention on Counter Terrorism and ASEAN Comprehensive Plan of Action on Counter Terrorism (ACPoA on CT). Recently, the 14th SOMTC WG on CT was held on 18 September 2017 in Manila.

  • SOMTC Working Group on Cybercrime (SOMTC WG on CC)

The SOMTC WG on CC was established in September 2013 at the 9th AMMTC in September 2013 in Vientiane, Lao PDR to brainstorm practical cooperation in combating cybercrime among ASEAN Member States as well as between ASEAN and its Dialogue Partners. Since its first Meeting in May 2014 in Singapore, SOMTC WG on CC has been convened for four times. The 4th SOMTC WG on CC was held on 23 May 2017 in Vientiane, Lao PDR.

  • SOMTC Working Group on Arms Smuggling

The SOMTC Working Group on Arms Smuggling was approved recently at the 11th AMMTC in Manila, Philippines on 20 September 2017. The Working Group has yet to convene its first Meeting.

  • SOMTC Working Group on Illicit Trafficking of Wildlife and Timber

Since the inclusion of Illicit Trafficking of Wildlife and Timber as one of areas of transnational crime under the AMMTC/SOMTC in 2015, the 11th AMMTC, held in Manila, Philippines on 20 September 2017 also agreed to establish the SOMTC Working Group on Trafficking of Wildlife and Timber. The Working Group has yet to convene its first Meeting.

  • Heads of Specialist Trafficking Units (HSU)

The inaugural Heads of Specialist Anti-Trafficking Units (HSU) was held in April 2004 in Myanmar to serve as an exchange of information and experiences, develop common standard and approaches in investigating trafficking in persons cases, to cooperate on operational cases, particularly in relation to victim protection and rescue. The HSU was established based on the mandate of the ASEAN Declaration against Trafficking in Persons, particularly Women and Children, the UN Convention on Transnational Organized Crime and UN Trafficking Protocol. Since February 2010, the HSU functions under the SOMTC WG on TIP. The 32nd HSU Meeting held in conjunction with the 17th SOMTC in Vientiane, Lao PDR in May 2017.

  • The Work Programme to Implement the ASEAN Plan of Action to Combat Transnational Crime (SOMTC Work Programme) 2016-2018
  • The Work Programme to Implement the ASEAN Plan of Action to Combat Transnational Crime (SOMTC Work Programme) 2013-2015
  • The Work Programme to Implement the ASEAN Plan of Action to Combat Transnational Crime (SOMTC Work Programme) 2010-2012
  • The Work Programme to Implement the ASEAN Plan of Action to Combat Transnational Crime (SOMTC Work Programme) 2008 – 2010
  • The Work Programme to Implement the ASEAN Plan of Action to Combat Transnational Crime (SOMTC Work Programme) 2006 – 2008
  • The Work Programme to Implement the ASEAN Plan of Action to Combat Transnational Crime (SOMTC Work Programme) 2002 – 2005
  • The ASEAN Secretariat

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