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Human Trafficking
June 17, 2007

Myanmar rejects US report
The Myanmar government has rejected a United States report on the country's anti-human trafficking efforts, blaming the U.S. for failing to promote Myanmar status from tier-3 again this year.
A Myanmar Foreign Ministry's statement, quoted by Sunday's official newspaper the New Light of Myanmar, said the sixth annual "Trafficking in Persons Report" of the US Department of State released this month lacks objectivity and does not fully reflect the country's concerted efforts against human trafficking.

The US annual report on the issue is a compendium of situation in selected countries. However, the US report recognized the progress made by Myanmar throughout 2006, admitting that Myanmar police force identified over 400 traffickers in 191 cases during the year and that information sharing with the international organizations had improved with regard to prosecution, the statement said.
Dealing with protection, the US report also admitted that Myanmar provides temporary shelters to repatriated trafficking victims at eight vocational training centers and the victims have a right to file civil suits and seek legal action against the traffickers, the statement noted.

Relating to prevention, the statement blamed the US report for only stating that the Myanmar government has marginally increased its efforts to prevent human trafficking, failing to faithfully reflect the true situation though the government is relentlessly fighting the complex problem.

The statement agreed with the US report that Myanmar conducted about 8,000 educational sessions for women across the country and education through various media.

The statement held that Myanmar is cooperating with UN agencies, international and local non-governmental organizations in tackling the menace of human trafficking. Xinhua

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