Kingdom partners sign new agreement on human smuggling, human trafficking

POSTED: 06/21/11 1:17 PM

St. Maarten– The Justice Ministers of St. Maarten, Aruba, Curacao and the Netherlands have signed an agreement for the joint combating of human smuggling and human trafficking. This new document replaces the cooperation document that existed between the Netherlands, the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba.

The protocol was drafted by the Aruban Justice Ministry with the hope that awareness will be raised around the issue of human smuggling and human trafficking. It also an expression of commitment by the islands to live up to United Nations protocols. The international community has named both smuggling and trafficking as human rights violations and the islands along with the Dutch agree.

“I want to especially thank our Public Prosecutor’s office for their effort on this,” the Aruban Justice Minister said.

Dowers said Monday’s agreement will also provide impetus to efforts by national governments that do not yet have specific domestic laws criminalizing both human smuggling and human trafficking.

The agreement was signed at the end of the one day four party Justice Ministers meeting at the Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort. The ministers began and ended their day in a very cordial atmosphere, with the delegations of Curacao and Aruba pointing out that talks at the weekend had been open and fruitful and that they hoped to continue that same trend.

 

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