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Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons , especially in women and children

Thailand must do more to combat human trafficking effectively and protect the rights of migrant workers who are increasingly vulnerable to forced and exploitative labor, 19 August, 2011

Trafficked persons deserve effective remedies as victims of rights violations, UN expert says, 1 June 2011

States must redress wrongs committed against trafficked persons - “It is their human rights obligation, 24 November 2010

The UN expert concludes a Dakar consultation on regional cooperation in the fight against trafficking in persons, 5 October 2010

UN expert on human trafficking finalizes country visit to Uruguay

UN expert on trafficking in persons concludes fact-finding mission to Argentina

Ms. Ezeilo participates in the Panel “Giving Voice to the Victims and Survivors of Human Trafficking.”

UN expert on trafficking in persons urges Egypt to intensify its efforts at combating human trafficking, 23 April 2010

Separated Haitian children risk being sold, trafficked or kept in slave-like conditions: UN human rights experts


At its sixtieth session, the Commission on Human Rights adopted decision 2004/110, by which it decided to appoint, for a three-year period, a Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children to focus on the human rights aspects of the victims of trafficking in persons. In the same decision, the Commission invited the Special Rapporteur to submit annual reports to the Commission together with recommendations on measures required to uphold and protect the human rights of the victims. The Commission requested the Special Rapporteur to respond effectively to reliable information on possible human rights violations with a view to protecting the human rights of actual or potential victims of trafficking and to cooperate fully with other relevant special rapporteurs, in particular the Special Rapporteur on violence against women, and to take full account of their contributions to the issue. The Commission also requested the Special Rapporteur to cooperate with relevant United Nations bodies, regional organizations and victims and their representatives. The Economic and Social Council, in its decision 2004/228, endorsed Commission on Human Rights’ decision 2004/110.

On 18 June 2008, the mandate of the Special Rapporteur has been extended for another three years by the Human Rights Council resolution 8/12.

In the discharge of his/her mandate, the Special Rapporteur:

    a) Takes action on violations committed against trafficked persons and on situations in which there has been a failure to protect their human rights (See Individual complaints)

    b) Undertakes country visits in order to study the situation in situ and formulate recommendations to prevent and or combat trafficking and protect the human rights of its victims in specific countries and/or regions

    c) Submits annual reports on the activities of the mandate

Please send an email to SRtrafficking@ohchr.org if you would like to submit information to the Special Rapporteur.

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