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Second Regional Consultation on the Right to an Effective Remedy for Trafficked Persons

The Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children, Ms. Joy Ngozi Ezeilo convened, in corrdination with the OHCHR, the second regional consultation on the right to an effective remedy for trafficked persons on 22 July 2013 in Santiago de Chile, Chile.

The regional consultation in Santiago, which was the second of its kind, brought together representatives of 10 States of the Latin America and Caribbean region and also experts from international and regional governmental and non-governmental organizations thus providing an important forum to exchange experiences, practices and lessons learnt while combatting trafficking in persons but most importantly provided a venue to discuss, review and comment the Draft Basic Principles on the right to an effective remedy for trafficked persons. As part of a series of regional consultations planned in accordance with Resolution 20/1 of the Human Rights Council, the LAC Consultation aimed at providing an opportunity for the Special Rapporteur to have a deeper discussion on the content of the draft Basic Principles on the right to an effective remedy for trafficked persons and seek suggestions and recommendations from representatives of States, experts and relevant stakeholders from the region to reinforce the global scope of the basic principles.

The draft Basic Principles were first presented by the Special Rapporteur in her 2011 report to the Human Rights Council on the right to an effective remedy for trafficked persons*. The draft Basic Principles, intend to provide States with a useful tool to implement the three key elements of redress, recovery and reintegration for trafficking victims thus operationalizing the right to an effective remedy which are based on existing international human rights law and standards, and designed to bring clarity to the concept of the right to an effective remedy and to elaborate specific factors to be taken into account when this right is applied to trafficked persons.

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* Check the full report by the Special Rapporteur A/HRC/17/35