Statements

Commission on Human Rights- Sixtieth session
Item 14: Specific groups and individuals

Statement
by H.E. Ambassador Doru Costea,
Permanent Representative of Romania

Geneve - April 8, 2004 -

Monsieur le Président,
Mesdames et Messieurs,

Dans le monde d'aujourd'hui, les frontières nationales ne réussissent pas entraver les formes complexes de manifestation de la criminalité organisée. Dans ce contexte, la traite de personnes s'est relevée un des fléaux majores qui touche, par son ampleur, en nombre grandissent des pays. La traite des personnes est aussi un phénomène complexe qui a des effets sociaux et économiques majeurs. Nous sommes persuades que seulement les approches régionales et internationales peuvent représenter la réponse cohérente nécessaire pour combattre d'une manière efficace ce phénomène.

L'instabilité régionale et les difficultés engendrées par la transition économique de mon pays ont favorisé l'apparition en Roumanie des réseaux criminels de traite des personnes. La réaction de mon Gouvernement a été, à la fois, ferme et ciblée. Les initiatives adoptées ont imposé des fortes limitations aux activités illégales dans de domaine tout en diminuant l'activité des réseaux criminels.

Mr. Chairman,

In 2001, the Government of Romania adopted The National Action Plan for Countering Trafficking in Human Beings that includes laws, identifies relevant government agencies and sets up partnership relations with non-governmental organisations; it also defines a framework of international cooperation in this filed. The pertinent Romanian legislation sets up a victim protection and care system.

The effectiveness of countering trafficking in human beings has increased: in 2003 the Romanian authorities dismantled 40 criminal networks dealing with trafficking and illegal migration; 778 persons were investigated by the Police and the Prosecutors from the Anti-Trafficking Unit; 125 cases were sent to the courts; so far, 50 final sentences have been given, with maximum penalties of up to 10 years in jail for the perpetrators.

Mr. Chairman,

Romania's commitment to combating trafficking in human beings at the regional level is proved, inter alia, by its role as Coordinator of the Task Force for countering trafficking in human beings in the SECI Regional Centre for Combating Trans-border Crime. My country promoted pro-active regional initiatives like the "Mirage operations" in 2002 and 2003. The lessons learned after these joint actions helped us in building up a Romanian liaison officers' network in European states and in defining a new approach of gathering and using intelligence in this field. The international cooperation of the Romanian counter- trafficking bodies included signing of agreements with neighbouring origin countries and some of destination countries.

Mr. Chairman,

Romania supports the development of the capacity for tactical and strategic analysis of the SECI Regional Centre based on a regional database within this structure. The Romanian projects for reinforcing the international cooperation in this field aims at the expansion of the national liaison officers' network in the member states of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organisation; this is a target of Romania's 2 years of coordination of the BSEC.

Thank you, Mr. Chairman


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