OSCE Centre in Astana supports seminar for judges on combatting trafficking in human beings
Feb 06. KAZINFORM. ASTANA
An OSCE-supported training seminar to enhance the capacity of judges dealing with human trafficking cases by sharing good international practices began Tuesday in Astana.
Some 35 regional court judges from across the country, graduate students of the Institute of Justice under the Academy of Public Administration and other civil servants learned about forms of compensation in human trafficking cases within international practice and study specific cases. They examined challenges related to the prosecution and prevention of human trafficking as well as to the protection of trafficked persons, the OSCE Centre in Astana reports.
Supreme Court judges from Kazakhstan and Turkey, an expert from France and specialists from local non-governmental organizations shared their experiences with the participants.
“Promoting the rule of law and protecting human rights are the most effective strategies in preventing and combatting trafficking in human beings,” said Jeannette Kloetzer, the Deputy Head of the Centre in Astana. “Effective criminal justice responses to human trafficking are an important tool in curtailing this form of modern-day slavery and in securing the victim’s rights.”
Serik Karzhaubayev, Deputy Director of the Academy of Public Administration, said: “Kazakhstan, like many other countries, faces this problem, including as a transit country for trafficked persons. Therefore, preventing and combatting trafficking in human beings is one of the main priorities of Kazakhstan’s policy. Improving justice in this sphere is an important part of it.”
The two-day seminar is the first of seven scheduled for this year as part of annual retraining courses for judges organized by the OSCE Centre in Astana in co-operation with the Supreme Court, the Civil Service Academy and the U.S. Embassy in Kazakhstan.