Information campaign against human trafficking covers all regions of Kyrgyzstan


Over 10,000 Kyrgyz citizens were informed about the risks of trafficking during a joint campaign by the Kyrgyz Government and UNODC.

The country's media campaign covered more than 10,000 residents in all 7 oblasts of the Kyrgyz Republic in 2017 in order to raise public awareness on the risks of human trafficking. Such results were provided by the organizers of a conference dedicated to the end of the campaign where more than 200 representatives of state authorities and non-governmental organizations participated.

Under the slogan 100 Days Against Human Trafficking, the campaign was launched on July 31, 2017 in honor of the World Day Against Human Trafficking and completed by the end of the year.

"For the first time, the government and civil society combined efforts in order to mobilize the population in preventing the risks associated with human trafficking. This campaign is strategically important for the Kyrgyz Republic, as raising public awareness is one of key goals of its recently adopted Kyrgyz Government Program to Combat Human Trafficking for 2017-2020," Deputy Chairman of the State Migration Service of the Kyrgyz Republic Almazbek Asanbayev said.

The campaign was organized by the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic with the support of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) as part of the Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons (GPOA) and Smuggling of Migrants consisted of 77 awareness-raising activities, conferences and flash mobs.

"Combating human trafficking is one of the main priorities of the European Union, UNODC and the United Nations in general. The GPOA was designed specifically to create opportunities for close cooperation between the government, civil society and victims of trafficking to support their efforts in positively influencing the victims of human trafficking, or migrants who were put into slavery," Head of the Cooperation Department of the European Union Delegation in the Kyrgyz Republic, Charlotte Adrian said.

During the final conference, the participants made a number of recommendations for the development of population’s further awareness-raising, as well to improve informational strategy for regular implementation of the Government's Program to Combat Human Trafficking for 2017-2020.

Reported by Kabar (Kyrgyzstan).