Sar Kheng to chair ASEAN meeting on cross-border crime

Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sar Kheng speaks during a meeting at his ministry on September 19. Sar Kheng via Facebook

Interior Minister Sar Kheng is due to hold the 16th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Transnational Crime (AMMTC) and related meetings virtually on Sept. 21-22.

“We will discuss work programs and action plans that have been established in the past to set the direction for further implementation,” the Interior Ministry announced on September 19.

The ASEAN Ministers’ Meeting is a forum to exchange views and share updates on regional and global trends in transnational crime, the ministry said.

Particular attention is paid to the 10 types of crime defined in the ASEAN Cooperation Framework – arms smuggling, terrorism, money laundering, piracy, trafficking and trafficking in human beings, international economic crimes, cybercrime, trafficking drugs and illegal trade in wildlife and timber.

The ministry will also chair the 12th ASEAN Plus Three Consultation – China, Japan, South Korea – Ministerial Meeting on Transnational Crime (AMMTC+3).

Meanwhile, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the National Committee to Combat Trafficking (NCCT) co-hosted a workshop on September 14.

It was organized to receive comments and input from key ministries and relevant NGOs to establish standard procedures and mechanisms at the national level for the referral of victims of human trafficking and vulnerable immigrants.

“Human trafficking is a form of modern slavery – a serious crime that has long-lasting negative effects on victims and on entire nations,” said Kristin Parco, Chief of Mission for the International Organization for Human Rights. migrations.

Cambodia hosted the 22nd ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting on Transnational Crime (SOMTC) and related meetings for three days from July 19-21 via video conference.

The SOMTC was a forum for senior officials from ASEAN member states to discuss work programs and review past action plans to set the direction for new initiatives.

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