06ASTANA368, KAZAKHSTAN: INL ANTI-TIP ROUND TABLE CALLS FOR SEIZURE OF

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06ASTANA368 2006-11-01 03:05 2011-08-30 01:44 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Astana

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UNCLAS ASTANA 000368 
 
SIPDIS 
 
STATE FOR INL ALTON, BUHLER, AND CARROLL; EUR/ACE; SCA/CEN FOR 
OMARA 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: SNAR PINS PGOV PHUM KCRM KZ
SUBJECT: KAZAKHSTAN: INL ANTI-TIP ROUND TABLE CALLS FOR SEIZURE OF 
TRAFFICKERS' ASSETS 
 
 
1. Summary: Post's International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) 
program, in cooperation with International Organization for 
Migration (IOM), conducted a round table composed of NGO 
representatives and mid-level government officials from throughout 
Kazakhstan in Astana October 13 to discuss implementation of the new 
anti-TIP law adopted in March 2006.  The participants analyzed the 
impact of the new law and recommended greater GOK involvement to 
improve detection, investigation and prosecution of human 
trafficking cases, and advocated increased resources for victim 
assistance which would be partially funded through seizure of 
convicted traffickers assets.  End summary. 
 
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MORE GOK ACTION NECESSARY 
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2.  Participants of the anti-TIP round table included 
representatives of state agencies responsible for anti-trafficking 
in persons in the Republic of Kazakhstan: Supreme Court, Office of 
the Procurator General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of 
Internal Affairs, National Security Committee, Ministry of Justice, 
and representatives of NGOs dealing with anti-trafficking in 
persons. Attendees included representatives from several oblasts 
(regions). 
 
3. As a result of the day-long discussions, the participants 
recommended that the GOK speed up the process of ratification of UN 
Convention against trans-national organized crime and the three 
additional protocols.  This would improve Kazakhstani law 
enforcement cooperation with other states-participants of the 
Convention in the investigation and prosecution of human 
traffickers. 
 
4.  In addition, the participants recommended that the GOK open 
shelters in Astana, Almaty and every oblast capital of the Republic 
of Kazakhstan to provide care and comfort for victims of 
trafficking; establish a national commission on human trafficking 
composed of representatives of government agencies (with or without 
participation of NGOs and international organizations); develop 
educational programs for mass media; and develop practical guidance 
manuals on dealing with victims of human trafficking for the NGOs. 
(Note: Contacts in the MOJ informed post that a commission already 
exists, a fact apparently unknown to the MOJ representative 
attending the roundtable. End note.) 
 
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TRAFFICKER ASSET FORFEITURE 
--------------------------- 
 
5.  Participants called for establishment of a national fund to be 
created from traffickers' confiscated property.  The fund would 
finance reintegration and rehabilitation activities of the victims 
of human trafficking. 
 
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NEXT STEPS 
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6. Round table participants agreed to continue collecting and 
analyzing information about the impact of the adopted legislation 
and will meet in an INL-sponsored follow-on round table in March 
2007 to discuss additional recommendations. 
 
 
ORDWAY

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