Foreign Minister appears before Chamber of Deputies

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Simeon Oyono Esono Angue, has appeared before the Chamber of Deputies to present the document of the National Action Plan for the Prevention of and Fight Against people Trafficking in the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, based on law 1/2004, of 14th September, on the illicit trafficking of persons and the Palermo Protocol of 2003.

Before the National Parliament, Simeon Oyono Esono Angue stated the need to make an effort to combat the so-called “evil of the century”, and assured that it was a phenomenon of the globalised world. To do that, he asked for the cooperation of the Equatoguinean people, together with institutions, in order to strengthen the process of awareness-raising and the correct implementation of the plan, in addition to detection and prevention.

As Equatoguinean citizens we are all called upon to take part to ensure the effective implementation of this action plan, in order to execute specific effective actions aimed at combating the trafficking of persons as part of the commitment assumed by Equatorial Guinea to eradicate the scourge; it is essential to construct a single national strategy that, in an overall manner, includes the complete eradication of the various manifestations of violence used against people. To fight against the trafficking of persons is to fight against the violation of Human Rights”, said Oyono Esono Angue.

The plan is focussed on Human Rights, on the primacy of the greater interests of minors, the persecution of the crime and an improvement in knowledge regarding the situation; in addition to boosting prevention and detection, with assistance for victims and inclusion in civic society.

The plan will be coordinated by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, in collaboration with administrations and institutions involved, particularly through the Ministry for Social Affairs and Gender Equality, Employment Promotion and Social Security. It is expected that it will be valid for two years and expire in 2021.

Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office

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