This Roundtable, organized by the Border Security and Management Unit of the OSCE Transnational Threats Department, in close co-operation with the support of the Slovak Chair of the Contact Group with the Asian Partners for Co-operation, the OSCE Border Management Staff College, the OSCE Office of Special Representative and Co-ordinator on Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, as well the OSCE External Co-operation Section, aims to enhance regional and international security co-operation by sharing good practices and innovative approaches to address current and emerging security threats and crises in the OSCE and Asian Partners for Co-operation.
The event will examine ways of effectively fighting trafficking in human beings and terrorism in the region through the prism of COVID-19. Human trafficking, whether for sexual or labour exploitation, is a complex crime difficult to detect in ‘normal’ circumstances. The pandemic made the investigation of human trafficking cases even more challenging pushing victims further from possible detection and assistance. The complexity of obstacles associated with combating this crime means that anti-trafficking actors have to adopt innovative measures in order to effectively overcome them. Another major security concern is related to terrorists who are taking advantage of the disruption and insecurity generated by the pandemic to promote fear, hatred, and violent action and to recruit new followers, both online and offline. The participants will examine how co-operation among OSCE participating States and Asian Partners for Co-operation (PfC) can amplify shared expertise in addressing these major security threats.
With this Roundtable, the OSCE will provide a platform to discuss and explore innovative ways of strengthening its co-operation in the security sector with Asian PfC, focusing on the following three main domains:
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