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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
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.

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.



Funded by the European Union

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2 Dec 2015

Photos & Videos


Strengthening Human Rights to combat Human Trafficking


Presentation of Working Group IV on International Cooperation


Presentation of Working Group III on Access to Justice


Presentation of Working Group II on Protection and Assistance of Trafficked Persons


Presentation of Working Group I on Preventive Measures


Key Messages


Concept Paper


Background Paper


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