Minsk will Host International Conference on Combating Trafficking in Human Beings

The International Conference “Combating Trafficking in Human Beings: New Challenges and Threats. Mutual Response of Governmental, International and Public Organizations” will be organized by the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Belarus and the International Organization for Migration, Mission in the Republic of Belarus, within the framework of the project ‘Combating Trafficking in Human Beings: Republic of Belarus’ in cooperation and with support of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and the Swedish Institute (SI).

International Conference

Combating Trafficking in Human Beings:

“New Challenges and Threats. Mutual Response of Governmental, International and Public Organizations”

Minsk, Belarus – 26–27 October, 2010

The International Conference “Combating Trafficking in Human Beings: New Challenges and Threats. Mutual Response of Governmental, International and Public Organizations” will be organized by the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Belarus and the International Organization for Migration, Mission in the Republic of Belarus, within the framework of the project ‘Combating Trafficking in Human Beings: Republic of Belarus’ in cooperation and with support of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and the Swedish Institute (SI).

The event will be held on October 26–27, 2010, in Minsk (venue – hotel “Minsk”) and aims at drawing attention of the international community to the issue of trafficking in human beings with a focus on the criminalization of purchase of sexual services, customers' responsibility and elimination of the demand, which are of global nature and topical for the entire world community. The Conference will address such new challenges and threats as child pornography on the internet and illegal organs removal/ transplantation.

The Conference will be divided into two parts: the first day session will commence with opening speeches of the high officials including representatives of the organizer bodies and honorary guests, followed by national presentations on the issues addressed. The second day session will see presentations of the delegated international and non–governmental organizations representatives. The Conference will also address Swedish experience on national and regional work to combat human trafficking, as a contribution to the discussions.

The overall objective of the Conference is to enable the participants to share their knowledge and experiences in the field of combating trafficking in human beings, their best practices and developments in the field. It is expected that the conference will produce the final document – practical recommendations on elimination of traditional trafficking crimes and will specifically address new threats and the problem of demand.

For further information, as well as for mass media representatives’ accreditation for the Conference, please refer to the IOM MinskOffice. Contact person Mr. Roman Pavlyuchenko and Ms. Tatiana Verigo, telephone: (+375–17) 288–25–41, fax: (+375–17) 288–27–44.

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