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28 October 2016, New York – European Union Intervention at the 71st United Nations General Assembly Third Committee Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children

Madame Chair,

On behalf of the European Union and its Member States, I would like to welcome the Special Rapporteur, Ms Maria Grazia Giammarinaro, to the Third Committee of the General Assembly and to commend her for her valuable work. The European Union takes this opportunity to reiterate its strong support for the important mandate and relevant work of the Special Rapporteur.

Trafficking in human beings is a crime driven by demand and profit through the exploitation of people and their vulnerabilities. It is a gross violation of human rights, it is explicitly prohibited under the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union and it is subject of a comprehensive legal and policy framework (Directive 2011/36/EU and EU Strategy towards the Eradication of Trafficking in Human Beings).

The EU Anti-trafficking Directive, adopted in 2011, has created an important momentum in raising awareness on the scale of the phenomenon in the EU, and the need to address it with a wide range of tools. The implementation of the EU Anti-trafficking Directive is having a real impact in preventing the crime, prosecuting the perpetrators and protecting the victims. Could the Special Rapporteur suggest measures and examples of best practice which may assist States to best meet their obligations to devise, enforce and strengthen effective measures to combat and eliminate all forms of trafficking in women and children.

The EU welcomes the report of the Secretary General on trafficking in women and girls and the recommendations contained in the report on the strengthening of human rights-based, gender- and age-sensitive approaches within comprehensive and balanced efforts to address trafficking in persons. The report notes the strong connection between trafficking in persons and migration. Following the agreement reached on the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants there will be a process of intergovernmental negotiations on a Global Compact on Migration. What measures would the Special Rapporteur wish to see considered in these negotiations to address the issue of trafficking in human beings, especially women and children?

  • Ref: EUUN16-169EN
  • EU source: European Union
  • UN forum: Third Committee - Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee
  • Date: 28/10/2016

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