June 19, 2015

At the AU Summit Eritrea Urges for Concrete Actions to Combat Human Trafficking

At the AU Summit Eritrea Urges for Concrete Actions to Combat Human Trafficking

At the AU Summit Eritrea Urges for Concrete Actions to Combat Human Trafficking

The Eritrean Delegation which participated in the 25th Summit of the African Union (AU) held in South Africa from 7-15 June 2015, stated that human trafficking and smuggling are among the most serious contemporary challenges confronting the African continent and that the scourges have claimed and continue to claim the lives of thousands of Africans, especially youth.

The Delegation elucidated that Eritrea, as one of the countries affected, has been closely working with its neighbors, countries of transit and destination as well as the AU and other regional and international organizations to combat the problem. In this regard, the Delegation called for the expeditious implementation of the outcomes of the Regional Conference on Human Trafficking and Smuggling in the Horn of Africa held in Khartoum, Sudan from 13-16 October 2014. The Assembly of Heads of State and Government accepted Eritrea’s call and endorsed the outcomes of the Regional Conference.

Moreover, during the discussions on the reform of the UN and Africa’s increased representation in the UN Security Council, the Eritrean Delegation underscored the need to reaffirm the African Common Position on the issue as contained in the Ezulwini Consensus and the Sirte Declaration. The Delegation also called for redoubling AU’s efforts to garner support from other countries and regional groupings to the African Common Position, and cautioned against piecemeal approach to the reform process.

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