Solomon Islands opposes human trafficking at CHOGM

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    DPM Maelanga flanked by SIG and Maltese officials on sunday at St. Mary's cathedral in Malta

    SOLOMON ISLANDS has firmly opposed Human Trafficking in all its forms that deprive human rights.

    Deputy Prime Minister Manasseh Maelanga reiterated the Solomon Islands’ position on the issue on Saturday when he addressed the 24th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Malta.

    He said the Solomon Islands Government noted that increased migrations have become the result of events that cause populations to migrate to other places.

    At this years’ meeting, the Commonwealth Leaders acknowledge that migration can lead to economic and social benefits, which can improve resilience and prosperity of Commonwealth States.

    Leaders, however, noted that the issue of irregular migration is quite complex, thus as an enabler to encourage structured and legal migration, as well as, address irregular migration, the Commonwealth will work on national and shared efforts to address the causes of irregular migration including prevention and abatement of conflict; alleviating poverty and promoting sustainable economic development; enhancing the rule of law; nurturing inclusive and pluralist political space; combatting organised crime including human traffickers and smugglers; and, respect for human rights.

    Leaders have stressed the importance of international cooperation and honouring international legal obligations in regard to migration and especially international refugee law, and encouraged those member states, which have not yet done so to ratify and implement the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families.

    Solomon Islands are a signatory to the UN Trafficking Conventions but are yet to Ratify this conventions.

    Discussions have been held amongst Immigration, Police, Ministry of Woman Youth and Children Affairs and Foreign Affairs in conducting a workshop on Human Trafficking, Smuggling and Asylum Seekers early next year 2016.

    This is part of the Government’s commitment to the United Nations Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Reports.

    In terms of migrant workers, Solomon Islands is yet to ratify and implement the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families.

    The CHOGM was officially closed on Sunday 30 November in the Mediterranean Island of Malta.

    — GOVERNMENT COMMUNICATION UNIT