Thursday, March 06, 2008

Qatar University Conference to Discuss Human Trafficking



From the Peninsula:

Doha, Qatar- The College of Law at Qatar University in cooperation with The National Office for Combating Trafficking in Humans will hold the first scientific conference on "Human Trafficking: Between Theory and Practice" on March 12 and 13.

Some 200 participants from Arab universities, military faculties, human rights groups, and civil society organizations are expected to attend the two-day conference.

The event, with the theme "Towards Deep Awareness of Human Trafficking Problems," is sponsored by the United Development Company, Qatar Petroleum and q-Media.


"There is an increase in demand for labour in the region and also some Arab countries have suffered conflicts, which are affecting their security and economic situation, and as a result some people take advantage of this situation by exploiting and violating the rights of others," said Maryam Al Malki, Director, National Office for Combating Trafficking in Humans.


The conference will have two major sections: the first will deal with the concept of human trafficking and its socio-political and economic dimensions, while the other session will discuss international and regional efforts to combat trafficking in human beings. Emphasis will also be laid on the importance of incorporating the study of human trafficking in the university and other institutions, as well as the role of religious institutions on sharing information and raising awareness, he said.

*NOTE: if you will be attending this event please get in touch with The Human Trafficking Project to post your notes, thoughts, interviews, pictures and videos on the blog!

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