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FY 2010/2011 Research Topic: 4-35
Legal Analysis of Anti Human Trafficking Framework in the Great Mekong Sub-region

Outline

Human trafficking, considered one of the “dark sides” of global economic development, is still an unresolved issue facing the current global community. In the Great Mekong Sub-region, especially, where North-South and East-West Corridors have developed to facilitate infrastructural economic growth, the prevention and suppression of human trafficking are extremely important to sound economic and social development. This research will first examine international and bilateral legal instruments and frameworks for anti human trafficking in the Great Mekong Sub-region; second, conduct a comparative analysis of the domestic legal instruments of Thailand, a main destination country in the region, and Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar, origin countries to Thailand. Referring to the corresponding provisions of the Palermo Protocol, the analysis will focus on comparisons of rights and obligations of the countries of origin and destination for the victim of human trafficking, and implementation of those provisions. Finally, the research aims to clarify the effectiveness and short-comings of the current legal framework against human trafficking in the region, and to propose revisions or legislation necessary for more effective prevention and suppression of human trafficking in the region to secure sound social and economic development.

Period

April 2010-February 2011

Members of the Research Project

[ Organizer ] YAMADA Miwa

Publications

  • To be published in AJIA KEIZAI (in Japanese)

Information of the Research Project

“Anti Human Trafficking” placard, written in Thai and
Burmese (September 2009, in Ranong, a Myanmar bordering town in Southern Thailand).
“Anti Human Trafficking”
placard, written in Thai and
Burmese (September 2009, in
Ranong, a Myanmar bordering
town in Southern Thailand).
In the research of legal framework against human trafficking from Myanmar to Thailand, the author revealed the interwoven relationship between the human trafficking issue and the labour migrant policy. See, Miwa Yamada, “Analysis of the Legal System against Trafficking in Persons: Cases of Thailand Myanmar” (AJIA KEIZAI, vol.L, No.8, August 2009, IDE) (in Japanese). This research will conduct comparative legal analysis of the region as a whole, including the anti human trafficking laws of Thailand and Cambodia, both revised in 2008, and the bilateral memorandum between Thailand and Myanmar, concluded in 2009.