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From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Mon Nov 22 1999 - 22:18:17 EST


         THE MINISTRY FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF FINLAND: EU's ...

OTC 11-19-99 1:42 PM

 NOV 19, 1999, M2 Communications - Promotion of women's rights and
combating trafficking in women in particular are high on the political
agenda of the European Union, said Finnish Foreign Minister Tarja Halonen
on Thursday when addressing the issue of human trafficking at a seminar
organised in connection with the OSCE summit in Istanbul. Other speakers
at the seminar included the US First Lady Hillary Clinton and the Swiss
President Ruth Dreifuss.
   Trafficking in human beings constitutes a violation of human rights and
an offence to the dignity and the integrity of the human being. The
victims of trafficking are mostly women and children, i.e. persons most
vulnerable to exploitation, said Ms Halonen.
   According to Ms Halonen, the recent European Council meeting in
Tampere, Finland, called for the development of measures to combat human
trafficking in close cooperation with countries of origin and transit.
Combating trafficking is also an important element in the EU enlargement
process, she said.
   It is evident that a comprehensive approach is needed in order to solve
the problems in this field, both nationally and internationally. It is not
enough that perpetrators are punished. It is equally important to help the
victims and to address the root causes of trafficking, such as poverty and
lack of employment, she urged.
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