MUNTINLUPA CITY, 2 June 2016 – The ASEAN Workshop on Improving Border Controls and Strengthening the Capacity of Law Enforcement Authorities to Address Irregular Migration and Trafficking in Persons was convened on 1-2 June in Muntinlupa City, Philippines. The workshop was attended by representatives of ASEAN Committee on the Implementation of the ASEAN Declaration on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers (ACMW), Senior Officials Meeting on Transnational Crimes, Director Generals of Immigration and Consular Relations Meeting, ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children, ASEAN Inter-Governmental Commission on Human Rights, and Senior Officials on Social Welfare and Development.

Delegates discussed and deliberated on issues concerning trafficking in persons including on regional situation and challenges on border control measures, law enforcement responses to trafficking and irregular migration, bilateral law enforcement cooperation arrangement, human rights-based approaches and regional measures on the protection of the rights of trafficked persons.

Delegates adopted recommendations for elevation including on calls for immediate ratification of the ASEAN Convention against Trafficking in Persons Especially Women and Children (ACTIP) by all ASEAN Member States, and accelerated finalisation of the ASEAN instrument on the protection and promotion of the rights of migrant workers. Delegates also called for regular meetings of ASEAN inter-governmental and sectoral bodies under the framework of ACTIP to facilitate comprehensive and integrated responses to trafficking in persons.

The Workshop is an activity of ACMW and was hosted by the Philippine Inter-Agency Council against Trafficking in Persons.

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