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'Coordinated action needed to end human rights abuses'

COORDINATED action by politicians, local authorities, police and community groups is needed to end human rights abuses on the island, said Michael Docherty, head of the EU Programme Support Office (EUPSO).

'Coordinated action needed to end human rights abuses'


Mr Docherty was speaking at the launch of an EU-funded project last week which was described as “an important step” in bringing together a wide range of organisations in a bid to develop “effective and coordinated measures” to combat human trafficking, a source of human rights abuses in the TRNC.

The Coordinated Measures and Mechanisms for Anti-Trafficking Project (Commit) project is funded by the EU under the Together Against Trafficking in Human Beings Grant Scheme and was launched in Lefkoşa’s Bandabuliya.

The scheme is being implemented by the Refugee Rights Association (RRA) in partnership with Cyprus Turkish Bar Association, Mağusa Youth Centre Association (Magem), Lefkoşa Turkish Municipality (LTB), Queer Cyprus Association and Turkish Cypriot Human Rights Foundation, along with the Turkish Cypriot Journalists’ Association.

Mr Docherty said that the project aimed “to raise awareness of all types of human trafficking and to develop a strategic way to address the problem in an effective and coordinated way”.

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