Indonesia plans to ratify the ASEAN Convention against Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children (ACTIP), an official has confirmed.
"The bill is in the process of harmonization [with national laws], because this will become law, of which the focal point at the moment is the Law and Human Rights Ministry," Foreign Ministry ASEAN cooperation director general Jose Tavares told reporters on Thursday.
“So when it is ready, it will be brought to the House of Representatives,” Jose added.
The convention will be a legally binding law enforcement mechanism for all 10 member states who are expected to ratify it, Jose said. Coordination and cooperation across the whole region is crucial in the handling of human trafficking, he added.
Jose stressed the importance of international cooperation due to the nature of the crime. Transnational crime cannot be handled alone and efforts will be more effective when all bodies are closely coordinated, he said.
"This is a crime which has claimed many victims, especially women and children, and cannot be tolerated," Jose said.
Thailand, Cambodia and Singapore have ratified the ACTIP, which was adopted by ASEAN in 2015. (bbn)