Human Trafficking in Central Asia

Published: 24 September 2008

Contribution by Vadim Kadyrbaev, Federation Representative and Executive Vice President of the Kazakhstan Red Crescent Society, to the Special Meeting convened by the Alliance of Experts to Combat Human Trafficking, in Vienna

[The following contribution introduced a powerpoint presentation]

National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies address the needs and vulnerabilities of victims of trafficking in Europe with priorities for prevention (focusing on people considered at risk of trafficking), protection (of victims of trafficking) and public awareness.

This was a central point for European Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies when they held their Seventh regional conference in Istanbul in 2007.

It was also a clear priority in discussions during the 30th International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent in November 2007.

At that Conference, which was attended by governments and National Societies from all countries in the world, the declaration adopted recognized that National Societies addressing the issue do so for people on the basis of their vulnerability, irrespective of their legal status.

While the five Central Asian National Societies have not been directly involved in anti-trafficking work, they fully recognize the significance of response to the issue and cooperation in this sphere at different levels.

In this connection, it is important that we learn from the experience and examples of good practice developed by various National Societies in the rest of Europe and other parts of the world. Exchange of information and experience will give Central Asian National Societies to identify gaps, analyze existing capacities and, consequently, to highlight key issues within anti-trafficking activities which we could tackle in the future.

This exchange should take place at the national level, and is valuably supplemented by the work done by bodies like the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, and the AECT.

We look forward to the results of this Conference, and expect that it will show us ways in which we can work together with governments and other partners to address Trafficking as a major humanitarian challenge.