Asia-Pacific Symposium on Trafficking in Persons

January 14, 2000

  1. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will hold the Asia-Pacific Symposium on Trafficking in Persons in Tokyo on January 20 (Thu).

  2. H.I.H. Princess Takamado is expected to attend the symposium, and to speak. The symposium will also be attended by Mr. Shozo Azuma, Senior State Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Ms. Carol Bellamy, Executive Director of UNICEF, and Ms. Mayumi Moriyama, Member of the House of Representatives, who will all give keynote speeches. Judge P.N.Bhagwati, Regional Adviser of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights will read a message from Ms. Mary Robinson, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. Experts on this issue (from Thailand, the Philippines, and other countries), and Japanese officials of the ministries and agencies concerned are also expected to participate as panelists.

  3. The discussions at this symposium will focus on the present situation of trafficking in persons in the Asia-Pacific region including Japan, measures taken by the international community including Japan on this issue, the draft Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, which is being deliberated in the U. N., measures to deal with trafficking, and protection for the victims. The main purpose of this symposium is to deepen the understanding of this issue among both Japanese and foreign participants.

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