We thank the Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children for outlining a number of important issues related to human trafficking and forced labour in his comprehensive report.
- We believe that human trafficking and forced labour are violations of basic human rights and cause alot of suffering to the victims. These issues have been dealt with by a number of international instruments including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the Convention on the Rights of Child, and Labour conventions. International resolve and commitment is a sine quanon for removing the bottlenecks and obstacles in the proper implementation of the relevant laws and conventions. The financial and technical support of the developing countries can help them in streamlining process, developing data collection and sharing mechanisms and implementing grass root level projects.
- Coordination and cooperation among various stakeholders including government, civil society, businesses and their suppliers is needed to develop synergized policies for countering forced labour and exploitation.
- Considering that the worst victims of trafficking are women and children specific and appropriate national, bilateral and multilateral measures must be envisaged to prevent their abduction, sale, or any other activity related to forced labour.
- We consider human dignity and respect along with economic, social and cultural rights of prime importance while devising policies and strategies for migrants. The current xenophobic and islamophobic practices can have dire consequences for inter faith harmony, can result in back lash of local population as well as curbing of basic freedoms and human rights of migrant workers. We believe that the problems of trafficking and forced labour need more than just legal remedial measures. Awareness-raising activities for all stakeholders can help to promote better standards of work, understand the risks of trafficking in persons, bring societal and attitudinal change for discouraging labour exploitation, and protect the basic human rights of migrants and vulnerable groups.
I thank you Mr. President.