Bali Process Ad Hoc Group Senior Officials’ Meeting (AHG SOM) and Bali Process Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) has just concluded few significant points during a meeting in Bali, March 9-10 2011, as solutions in dealing with human trafficking and People Smuggling cases and any other cross border crimes in the region.
First, State again emphasized their commitment toward Bali Process regional agreement as collective endeavor to cope with human trafficking and people smuggling matters in the region. All programs under Bali Process framework are considered important so far in the attempt for capacity enhancement and information exchange among countries in the region.
Second, State agreed the necessity of designing a regional mechanism as solution in dealing with irregular migration matters in the region. Such mechanism is essential since the irregular migration is not a matter faced only by particular countries, but also as collective matter for all countries in the regional.
Third, State also approved the significance of developing current agreement and cooperation in coping with human trafficking issues through the Bali Process forum. In this case, Indonesia will be hosting the regional workshop on combating trafficking in persons in newt second half of 2011.
AHG SOM was attended by 12 most affected countries (origin countries, transit countries, and irregular migration destination), 2 international organizations (IOM and UNHCR), few observer countries comprising Philippines, Canada, and USA, ASEAN Secretariat, and UNODC.
Meanwhile, the SOM meeting was attended by 41 countries, 2 international organizations as the members of Bali Process, and 4 observes countries and 5 observer organizations. Indonesia and Australia were appointed as the Co-Chairs Bali Process on People Smuggling, Trafficking in Persons and Related Transnational Crime of the Bali Process.
Ss the Co-Chairs of the meeting, Indonesia and Australia were represented by Director of International Security and Disarmament, Indonesian’s Ministry of Foreign Affaris, and Australian Ambassador for People Smuggling.
Furthermore, the delegation of Indonesia were consisting of the representatives from the Coordinating Ministry for Political, Law and Security Affairs, the Coordinating Ministry for Public Affairs, the Ministry of Law and Human Rights (General Directorate of Immigration), the Indonesian Supreme Attorney, the Indonesian National Police, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
As the follow-up, the members will also hold a ministerial meeting, the Bali Regional Ministerial Conference (BRMC) IV in Bali on March 29-30, 2011. (Source: KIPS/ed. HO)