Subject: News/PHILIPPINES: PHILIPPINES GETS SUPPORT TO COMBAT SMUGGLING
From: Melanie Orhant (email@example.com)
Date: Tue Nov 30 1999 - 08:28:20 EST
>11-29-99 PHILIPPINES: PHILIPPINES GETS SUPPORT TO COMBAT SMUGGLING IN
>The Philippines has won the support of 19 Asia-Pacific countries to
>establish a regional center to combat human trafficking, the Bureau of
>Immigration said Monday.
>Immigration Commissioner Rufus Rodriguez said Asia-Pacific governments,
>during a U.N.-sponsored conference on international migration in Bangkok,
>agreed on the necessity for a regional center.
>Rodriguez said the proposal to set up a center was made last April, but it
>is only now that other countries have formally expressed support.
>He said participating countries agreed to set up a secretariat in Bangkok
>to gather information regarding operations of syndicates involved in human
>smuggling and that the participating countries are expected to enter into
>agreements to facilitate the arrest and prosecution of those involved in
>Rodriguez said this is a major accomplishment for the Philippines, which is
>often used by international syndicates as a transit point for smuggling
>people into the United States and Canada.
>The project will also involve Australia, Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia,
>China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar,
>New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and Thailand.
>The regional center will "pool all resources of the participating countries
>in combating syndicates behind human smuggling and trafficking activities
>in the region," Rodriguez said.
>He said the project is better than a similar initiative of the Association
>of Southeast Asian Nations, where human smuggling victims often originate,
>since it will have the participation of receiving countries as well.
>(c) 1999 KYODO NEWS.
>KYODO NEWS 29/11/1999
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