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15th Informal ASEM Seminar on Human Rights

Human Rights and Trafficking in Persons

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24-26 November 2015 Ratna Mathai Luke Political and Economic Department Informal ASEM Seminar On Human Rights Governance & Human Rights



Venue:
Montreux, Switzerland

 

The 15th Informal ASEM Seminar on Human Rights was held on 24-26 November 2015 in Montreux, Switzerland, on the theme “Human Rights and Trafficking in Persons”.

 

The Seminar gathered about 125 civil society experts, private sector representatives and senior government representatives to address a human rights-based approach to human trafficking within the ASEM framework. The Seminar aimed to develop recommendations for the different stakeholders working in this area and strengthen human rights in relation to anti-trafficking measures.

Participation in the 15th Informal ASEM Seminar on Human Rights took place in four simultaneous closed-door working group discussions, each focusing on one of the four following topics:

WG1 - Preventive Measures

WG2 - Protection and Assistance of Trafficked Persons

WG3 - Access to Justice

WG4 - International Cooperation Against Trafficking

For a more detailed overview please see the seminar Concept Note. To view photos taken at the Seminar please click on the following link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/asia-europe_foundation/albums/72157661836169850

This seminar series is co-organised by the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), the Raoul Wallenberg Institute (nominated by the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs), the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, and the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs.

ASEF has been the seminar secretariat since 2000.

The 15th Seminar was hosted by the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland. 

Given the nature of the Seminar, participants were invited individually by the co-organisers; there was no open call for participation.

For more information about the seminar series, please see the Informal ASEM Seminar on Human Rights page.

Partners

  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, France
  • Raoul Wallenberg Institute
  • Republic of the Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs
ASEF's contribution is with the financial support of the European Commission.

Project Updates

  • The 15th Informal ASEM Seminar on Human Rights on Human Rights and Trafficking in Persons  convened on 24-26 November 2015 in Montreux, Switzerland. Bridging over 125 participants including civil society experts, private sector representatives and senior government representatives from across Asia and Europe, the seminar aimed at developing recommendations to strengthen human rights in relation to anti-trafficking measures.

    During the seminar, participants concurred that more focus needs to be directed at developing preventive action and victim protection strategies. Hence, to address these gaps, four key aspects were highlighted for debate: preventive measures, protection and assistance of trafficked persons, access to justice, and international cooperation against trafficking.

    Ms Madina JARBUSSYNOVA, OSCE Special Representative and Co-ordinator to Combat Trafficking in Human Beings, and Ms Myria VASSILIADOU, EU Anti-Trafficking Coordinator will be among the keynote speakers at this event.

    The seminar series is organised by ASEF, the Raoul Wallenberg Institute, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, and the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs. The 15th Informal ASEM Seminar was hosted by Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland.

    A publication with proceedings is expected by the end of the year. For more information, please visit http://bit.ly/1Q1xeKN

  • Human Rights and Trafficking in Persons

    Published on 03 Nov 2015

    The 15th Informal ASEM Seminar on Human Rights will take place on 24-26 November 2015 in Montreux, Switzerland, on the theme “Human Rights and Trafficking in Persons”. Over 125 civil society experts, private sector representatives and senior government representatives from Asia and Europe are expected to participate in this 3-day Seminar.

    One of the main objectives of the Seminar will be to develop a set of recommendations to strengthen human rights in relation to anti-trafficking measures. The expected discussions during the event will focus on 4 key aspects of the debate, namely preventive measures; protection and assistance of trafficked persons; access to justice; and international cooperation against trafficking.

    Key messages from the Seminar will be shared with ASEM governments and civil society members through participation in outreach activities. The full Seminar Report will also be available for download on ASEF website.

    This Seminar series is organised by ASEF, the Raoul Wallenberg Institute, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, and the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs. The 15th Informal ASEM Seminar is hosted by Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland.