TIP Conclave, Guwahati, Assam, India 5th – 7th December 2013
Conclave brings the key stakeholders from India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan and Myanmar together, taking the first step to join hands to combat trafficking in persons. The participants will step on a common platform to share information on the ground situation and anti-human trafficking initiatives in their respective countries as well as identify the way forward for common response to trafficking in persons.
Objectives of the Conclave
Participants of the Conclave include Ministries of Home and External Affairs, Ministries of Social Welfare and Labour, representatives of law enforcement, Anti-Human Trafficking Units, border forces as well as various experts, civil society organizations and media personnel from the all the targeted countries. Also various international organizations, including UNODC, UNICEF, Global Development Network, Asian Human Rights Commission and World Bank will be present in the Conclave as well as Chambers of Commerce, Corporate along with Ambassadors from numerous countries, including USA and Japan. The Conclave will also be joined by both national and international stars – musicians, actors and actresses, filmmakers, authors etc.
Ministries of Home and External Affairs will participate the session of Review the status of the participating countries in adopting and implementing UN Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children. India and Myanmar have joined the Protocol, while Bhutan, Nepal and Bangladesh have not. In the session it is discussed the countries national responses to combat trafficking in persons and how to further strengthen the structure. In the session it is also discussed about initiating the process of developing Standard Operating Procedures for repatriation of victims of cross-border trafficking in persons between India and neighbouring countries. The representatives of the border forces will also address the issue of creating the SOP. In this session the existing SOPs are reviewed, possibilities are discussed and way forward is identified.
Representatives of law enforcement will be invited to participate in the conclave to share their national procedures to investigate and document human trafficking cases. The Indian Anti-Human Trafficking Unit structure is presented as well as possibilities to adopt the Impulse Case Info Centre’s Anti-Human Trafficking Software in Indian neighbouring countries are identified.
Prominent Civil Society Organizations from all the targeted countries will share information on the ground situation of trafficking in persons, initiatives they have undertaken as well as identifying the way forward to provide holistic response, together with other stakeholders, in their respective countries. The Civil Society Organizations join hands in the common cause of combating trafficking in persons by establishing official multilateral partnership to collaborate in ensuring adequate national and transnational responses to address the problem of human trafficking, according to the designed Plan of Action.
Chambers of Commerce and Corporate will join the Conclave to discuss opportunities how to promote responsible economic development while enhancing border trade relations. The risks of opening up the borders will be assessed and preventative measures will be promoted, ensuring positive business initiatives across the borders. Also, it will be identified how to ensure that various Corporate will channelize the Corporate Social Responsibility in sustainable initiatives which are truly beneficial for both the corporate and the communities.
Media from all the 5 countries will participate in the Conclave to discuss media’s role to address trafficking in persons, their experiences regarding responsible journalism and the media as a drive of creating a social change. The international media coverage will raise a mass awareness on the issue of trafficking in persons along with the decisions taken in the Conclave in all the participating countries.
International organizations and experts will share their views and expertise during the various sessions. The experts will give introduction to the issues to be discussed as well as participate in the formation of recommendations for follow up actions.
National and International Stars will join the Star Power session, sharing their ideas and experiences regarding addressing human trafficking, raising awareness on the issue and encouraging people to take an action.