The African Union Commission on Migration, Displaced Persons and Refugees has approved the charter for the Continental Operations Center in Khartoum to combat irregular migration.
This came in a statement issued by the Sudanese Foreign Ministry, according to Anadolu Agency.
The Charter recognizes the establishment of the Continental Operations Center in Khartoum as a specialized office of the African Union Commission on Combating Irregular Migration and associated illegal trans-boundary activities, including smuggling of migrants and human trafficking.
The move was followed by the signing of the Headquarters Agreement on the Center between the Government of the Sudan and the African Union on 26 October, and the approval of the Center’s structure in the Permanent Subcommittee on Structures.
The Government of the Sudan affirmed its welcome to host the Center and its commitment to support and facilitate its mission and allocated an equipped headquarters for the Center in Khartoum.
The charter, which was approved, believes the AU Commission is committed to implementing the decision of the African summit in February to accelerate the procedures for the operation of the center in 2020.
In October 2014, Khartoum hosted a first-ever meeting of African and European countries to curb the phenomenon of irregular migration from the Horn of Africa.
Sudan is fighting the phenomenon of human trafficking, which has doubled in recent years, on its eastern border with Ethiopia and Eritrea, as well as its northwest border with Libya.
Human smugglers sometimes detain irregular migrants in Sudan for ransom, turning the crime from human trafficking to trafficking.
To curb human trafficking, the Sudanese parliament in early 2014 passed a law to combat the phenomenon, with sentences ranging from death to imprisonment from five to 20 years.