By: Aisha Braima
KHARTOUM (Sudanow.info.sd) - A two-day international meeting for exchanging ideas on combating the illegal migration and human trafficking and smuggling between Europe and the Horn of Africa wound up on Wednesday.
The meeting was held within the EU-Horn of Africa Migration Route Initiative (Khartoum Process) which was Established in 2014 with the aim of establishing a continuous dialogue for enhanced cooperation on migration and mobility, while identifying and implementing concrete projects to address trafficking in human beings and the smuggling of migrants.
Richard Riley, Director of Serious Organized Crimes Administration of the British Ministry of Interior who chaired the meeting, told Sudan News Agency (SUNA) that the participants discussed methods for exchanging information and investigation on human trafficking networks particularly on border areas as well as the how to punish the criminals who commit this crime which threatens lives of thousands of people.
The British expert said the meeting stressed the importance of cooperation and formation of partnerships because those crimes are transnational, adding that the Horn of Africa and European countries have to join hands for addressing the problem.
He said the meeting has focused on the importance of taking into account the needs and concerns of the victims by providing them with protection and care and defending their basic human rights.
Gen. Awad al-Nil Dhahiya, the Director of Passports of the Sudanese Ministry of Interior, explained that the conference has focused on the human smuggling crime which is more spreading in the Horn of Africa than the human trafficking.
Participants in the conference were experts from the Sudanese government, the European Union, the African Union, the Horn of Africa and concerned international organizations and agencies.
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