Workshop for Judges of Court of Cassation on Combating Smuggling or Migrants and Trafficking in Persons

(Source: EEAS)

Workshop for Judges of Court of Cassation

on Combating Smuggling or Migrants and Trafficking in Persons

 

Cooperation on Migration Governance through Institutional Support” Cairo, 6 June 2022

 

Ambassador Christian Berger

 

It is an honour for me to be here today with colleagues and friends from the Spanish Embassy and Ambassador Neila Gaber at this important workshop for Judges of the Court of Cassation on combating smuggling of migrants and trafficking in persons.

 

Our meeting today is a clear demonstration that the project Cooperation on Migration Governance through Institutional Support” (CONMIGO) is delivering.  This is the result of an excellent quadrilateral cooperation between the National coordinating Committee for Combating and Preventing Illegal Migration and Trafficking in Persons, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Spanish Agency for Development Cooperation and the European Union.

 

In light of the New Agenda for the Southern Neighbourhood and the New Pact on Migration, the European Union would like to enhance our strategic partnership and cooperation on migration. 

 

Allow me to recall some key European Union policy documents such as the European Union Strategy on Combatting Trafficking in Human Beings 2021-2025, which sets out several measures that will help the European Union and its Member States to prevent human trafficking as a crime, bringing traffickers to justice and supporting victims of trafficking.

 

In 2021, the European Union launched a strategy to combat Organised Crime; it highlights the need to promote a culture of early investigations and to build up capacity to tackle the various dimensions of organised crime and reduce its negative impact on society.

 

The two strategies do find a strong resonance in the EU-Egypt Migration Dialogue, which provides an overarching balanced approach to migration, including trafficking of human beings and smuggling of persons.

 

The last EU-Migration Dialogue tool place in November 2021, with the visit of Commissioner Ylva Johansson, followed by a Senior Official Meeting. It was a very positive moment of discussion and fruitful exchange.

 

I would like to bring another positive element to our common approach to migration as we have jointly ensured that this moment would be followed by a concrete work.  This work has planted the seeds for reinforcing with specific actions the common strategic approach we have defined on migration. Concretely this implies that we should put together a more important package on migration in the near future.

 

The COMINGO project is a showcase of our Team Europe approach with its peer to peer cooperation, exchange of expertise and capacity building.  What can we exactly address in this context? Why is this important for judges who take part in this training?

 

Judges play a crucial role in upholding the rights of human trafficking victims as well as in determining the guilt and punishment of perpetrators.

 

This training, followed by exchanges of practices with what judges do in the Spanish context, will support a stronger role of the judiciary to effectively combat trafficking in human beings.

 

We are all aware that trafficking in human beings is a multifaceted crime and adjudication in such cases can present a number of challenges for judges.

 

Those challenges include the need to consider complex human trafficking chains involving diverse criminal groups and multiple victims, unique dynamics between victims and perpetrators, a variety of forms of exploitation to be taken into account, and evolving domestic and international law and evidentiary issues.

 

Team Europe will provide support in a more effective manner by addressing the evolving domestic and international law.

 

Let me wish you a successful workshop.  I’m confident that this is one building block of a broader overarching Egyptian cooperation with the European Union and its Member States.

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