Witness protection agency networking in ASEAN strengthened hinh anh 1The Indonesian Witness and Victims Protection Agency (LPSK) chairman, Abdul Haris Semendawai. (Source: TEMPO)
The Indonesian Witness and Victim Protection Agency (LPSK) has held a meeting with counterparts from member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Yogyakarta, aimed at strengthening these networks.

The August 24 meeting was organised in collaboration with the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

It saw the participation of delegates from Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, and Thailand, and representatives from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNDCP), and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM).

The meeting was to formulate the terms of reference of the agency networks and to strengthen the networking among the witness and victim protection agencies in the ASEAN region to deal with cases of transnational crimes.

LPSK Chairman Abdul Haris Semendawai said the event was held to follow up on the second interregional meeting of the Agency throughout the ASEAN region in 2014.

The meeting discussed handling of transnational crime, especially human trafficking.

It was expected to set the legal standards for protection of witnesses and victims among the ASEAN countries with reference to international standards.-VNA