The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in the GCC and the Saudi Human Rights Commission (HRC) signed on Monday the second phase of an agreement to implement activities aimed at strengthening the Kingdom’s national capabilities in preventing and punishing human trafficking.
This is within the framework of the MoU for technical cooperation that brings the UN body and the Human Rights Commission together in combating human trafficking crimes.
Human trafficking is one of the most heinous crimes that violate human rights and deprive individuals of freedom and dignity, HRC President Hala Al-Tuwaijri said, stressing that the Kingdom has worked to build a legal and institutional framework that guarantees the protection of all persons through the regulations and international agreements it has enacted and joined.
Pointing out that the agreement aims to build on the existing collaboration in combating and preventing these crimes nationally, regionally, and internationally, the regional representative of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Judge Hatem Ali, welcomed the partnership with the Committee for Combating Crimes of Trafficking in Persons.
Judge Hatem Ali noted that the partnership is within the framework of strengthening national efforts to confront these crimes and that the signing of the second phase aims to further develop it per the international standards, best practices, and United Nations regulations.
By meeting the objectives of the Saudi National Action Plan of the Committee for Combating Trafficking in Persons, the agreement contributes to achieving a sustainable impact.
Human Rights Commission’s President Hala Al-Tuwaijri emphasized that the agreement’s renewal comes within the framework of Saudi Arabia’s continued efforts to develop national capabilities to counter these crimes, implementing activities and training programs, and follow up on projects and initiatives related to combating and preventing them.