Identity verification of rescued victims of trafficking in process at NepalIMPHAL | Feb 4
After the recent rescue operation of the victims of human trafficking at Moreh and Imphal, 176 women and 17 men rescued so far are under identity verification at Nepal as they have been identified as Nepali nationals.
It has been reported that 301 Nepalese women have already crossed Indo-Myanmar border since December 2018 to January this year. Regarding their information, Impulse Network, NGO’s had been communicating with Myanmar YMCA and investigations are going on, said programme manager Impulse Network, Emarine Kharbhih.
Addressing a press meet held at Manipur press club, Emarine Kharbhih expressed her appreciation and acknowledge the collective effort and worked on rescuing trafficking victims, and to state government with all sectors of department, commission and NGO’s.
She said Impulse NGO Network (INGON) recently facilitated and coordinated the rescue of 183 Nepali men and women in a cross-border human trafficking case, who were travelling from Nepal to Myanmar via Moreh, Manipur.
The operation was done in co-ordination with Manipur government, Deputy Director Social Welfare department, Anti Human Trafficking Unit Manipur and Border Security force, apart from the Myanmar government and YMCA, INGON’s country partner in Myanmar using INGON’s Impulse Model, she said. It must be mentioned that Maiti Nepal, New Life Foundation Manipur and case managers of both INGON and Impulse Case Info Centre, Myanmar have commendably coordinated on process, she stated.
There has been a consultation in drafting a Standard Operating Procedure to address Cross Border Human Trafficking between Indo-Myanmar in July 2016 which took place at Nay Pyi Daw, Myanmar, she informed.
The consultation was organised by Impulse NGO Network and attended by the Law Enforcement Agencies (Anti Human Trafficking Unit) from North East India including Manipyur, NGO partner such as New Life Foundation along with Anti Trafficking Taskforce in Myanmar as well as Government officials from Myanmar took part in drafting the Standard Operating Procedure.
It has been announced last year by Ambassador of India to Myanmar, Vikram Misri that the Standard Operating Procedure have been accepted and a formal signing between two countries will take place within few months. With the adoption of the Impulse Model in Myanmar and with the help of YMCA, its Country partner in Myanmar, facilitating the check on locating and rescuing the girls who have been already crossed border with Anti Trafficking Task Force in Myanmar will be followed up, she informed.
She further informed that in its 26 years of work in the eight north-eastern states, INGON has been able to replicate the Impulse Model in all states of the Northeast, owing to their vulnerability to human trafficking. Myanmar and few other northeastern states have been using INGON’s technology platform Impulse Case Info Centre (ICIC) software with positive results, she said adding the implementation of the SOP is imperative in order to strengthen the usage of the ICIC software.
INGON congratulates the tireless efforts of the governments of Myanmar and Manipur and their respective supporting authorities, like law enforcement, partner associations and social welfare departments, in making the latest rescue operating a success. Their joint initiatives has proved that with judicious implementation of the Impulse Model and SOP’s cross border human trafficking can be eliminated, she added.
It may be mentioned that Impulse Network member met 17 rescued males, who expressed that they came for tour.
The press meet was attended by Impulse NGO Network, chair Hasina Kharbhih, L. Pishak secretary New Life Foundation Manipur, Keisham Pradip member MCPCR.
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