Sri Lanka committed to thwart people smuggling - Marapana | Daily News

Sri Lanka committed to thwart people smuggling - Marapana

Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana with Indonesia's Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi at the Bali Process Ministerial Conference.
Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana with Indonesia's Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi at the Bali Process Ministerial Conference.

Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana affirmed Sri Lanka's commitment for a comprehensive regional approach to combatting people smuggling.

Speaking at the seventh Bali Process Ministerial Conference on people smuggling,human trafficking, and other international crimes on August 7 in Bali, Indonesia, Marapana reiterated Sri Lanka's commitment for a comprehensive regional approach to combat people smuggling,and to work in partnership with governments, international organizations and civil society to prevent human smuggling, protect and support victims, and bring perpetrators to justice.

Following deliberations at Ministerial and Senior Officials level, the Conference adopted a Ministerial Declaration and Chairman's Statement of the Senior Officials' meeting.

While recognizing the importance of the UN system, and other multilateral organizations as vehicles for international discourse and norm setting, the Minister expressed support to the Bali Process and to implement Sri Lanka's legal obligations with respect to combating migrant smuggling, trafficking in persons and transnational crimes.

The Minister explained steps being taken by Sri Lanka including being party to the core international human rights treaties which provide for the prevention and suppression of human trafficking, noting in particular the ratification of the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and its 2015 Protocol, and The Hague Convention on the Protection of Children and Cooperation in Respect of Inter-country Adoption.

He also referred to the monitoring mechanisms under Sri Lanka's National Anti- Human Trafficking Task force and the five-year strategic plan (2015-2019) based on the 4 pillars of Prevention, Protection, Prosecution and Partnership,approved by the Cabinet of Ministers. Foreign Minister Marapana was joined by Deputy Minister of Justice, Prison Reforms, and Buddha Sasana,Sarathi Dushmantha,who led Sri Lanka's interventions at the Ministerial session with Business leaders. The Minister held bilateral discussions with the Foreign Minister of Indonesia Retno Marsudi, Australia's Home Affairs, Immigration and Border Protection Minister Peter Dutton,and IOM's Director General Ambassador William Lacy Swing.

During his remarks at the Conference and during his interactions with Indonesia's Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, Marapana conveyed Sri Lanka's condolences to all those who have been affected by the earthquake in Lombok in Indonesia.

Deputy Minister of Justice, Prison Reforms, and Buddha Sasana Sarathi Dushmantha, Sri Lanka's Ambassador to Indonesia and ASEAN, Dharshana M. Perera,and officials from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Justice and Prison Reforms,the Attorney General's Department and Sri Lanka's Embassy in Indonesia were present.

 


 

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