In an effort to promote interreligious dialogues to fight against trafficking, the National Committee for Counter Trafficking of the Cambodian government, four main faith groups, Caritas Cambodia and partner organizations will organize the “2ND National Interfaith Forum on Combating Human Trafficking” on 30th August 2018 at Diamond Island Convention and Exhibition Center (Koh Pich-building K+L) in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
The event will bring high-ranking government officials, leaders of different faiths, non-governmental organizations working on trafficking, development partners and youth group to come together to discuss the issue and foster partnership to combat trafficking. The forum will be presided over by Samdech Kralahom Sar Kheng, Deputy Prime Minister of Cambodia, Minister of Interior and the Chairman of National Committee for Counter Trafficking (NCCT).
The main purposes of the forum are threefold. Firstly, it is to raise awareness and knowledge on trafficking related issues. Secondly, it aims to promote broader engagement and participation of different faith groups, general public and all key stakeholders to combat trafficking. Thirdly, the forum aims to advocate the government to observe the day as the “national interfaith prayer day against trafficking”.
To bring greater public awareness, the forum will cover number of activities from raising and increasing awareness on trafficking issues through booth exhibition, video sharing, question and answers session, report presentation, prayers by different faiths, marching, blowing balloons with trafficking messages and dissemination of documents.
This year the 2nd interfaith forum takes place on the same date of the first forum in 2017. The forum is a good model of government and faith organizations working together to fight against trafficking and ending modern slavery. More than 1, 500 people are expected to participate in the forum. They are included: National government officials, Cambodian senators and parliamentarians, Buddhist monks, faith leaders and representatives from Buddhism, Muslim, Catholic and Protestant, the United Nations agencies, other affiliations and representatives of interfaith organizations, development partners, Cambodian Red Cross, youth group and association, and media.