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Intervention of Mr. Kyriakos Hadjiyianni, in Ad Hoc Committee on Migration of OSCE PA: “Combating Trafficking in Human Beings Along Migration Routes in Bosnia and Herzegovina”
 
   
 
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Intervention of Mr. Kyriakos Hadjiyianni, in Ad Hoc Committee on Migration of OSCE PA: “Combating Trafficking in Human Beings Along Migration Routes in Bosnia and Herzegovina”

As the migrant crisis continues to fuel debate across Europe, Bosnia and Herzegovina has been sufferingthe tragic consequencesof the closure of the border on the Western Balkans.

The large numbers of migrants, who remain in camps and structures along the country's borders,are highly exposed to the risk of being exploited by traffickers. Even more so, in lightof border closures and the suspension of resettlement programs,alsodue to covid-19.

Most vulnerable groups, such as women and unaccompanied refugees, do not receive effective protection, which further increases the dangers of human trafficking.

Building a system that will ensure the early identification, protection andmedical and psychological support to victims of traffickingis therefore highly urgent. In this respect, close cooperation with international and non-governmental organizations operating on the ground is necessary. Civil society actors can play a key role in ensuringindependent monitoring mechanisms to safeguard the rights of migrants and asylum seekers, as well as to provide vital assistance to victims of trafficking and other migrants in vulnerable situations.

Strengthening cooperation between law enforcement authorities of OSCE participating States,and establishing adequate national legal frameworksto combat human trafficking,are essential in efforts to detect and disrupt criminal networks.

For a fourth year in a row, Cyprus ranks first among EU member states in numbers of asylum seekers per capita, who currently represent 4% of the total population.  The country’s reception capacities have long been surpassed. 75% of irregular migrants are channeled by Turkey through the areas under its military occupation to the Government-controlled areas or by the sea. Turkey’s instrumentation of migrants has put the Republic of Cyprus in an unfavorable situation, which also involvessecurity risks.

Although the Republic of Cyprus is already exposed to disproportionate migratory pressures,the strengthening of existing legal framework and the adoption of aNational Action Plan to combat human trafficking,made significant progress in tackling this phenomenon.

As parliamentarians we must ensure that adequate resources for combating human trafficking are committed and that the necessary legislative instruments, that streamline identification efforts and protect victims, especially by penalising demand for their services, are in place.

 

 
 
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