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Country Visits

The Special Rapporteur intends to undertake 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. This will also allow the Special Rapporteur to learn about existing programmes and policies in different parts of the world and their effectiveness and/or shortcomings.

The issue of trafficking has been in the forefront for at least the past decade in most regions and for longer in others. Considerable research, analyses, legal and policy initiatives, practical interventions and expertise have been generated on the issue. This vast body of knowledge and experience is extremely useful for it allows the mandate to not only tap into this knowledge but to build upon it. Therefore, in deciding her programme of visits, the Special Rapporteur will give the utmost importance to considerations such as the need to avoid duplications and identify the mandate’s added value. In particular, given the broadness of the mandate, the Special Rapporteur will seek to focus attention on specific themes. The Special Rapporteur shall seek to devote each mission to a specific topic and, in particular, to different sites of trafficking. This would help ensure that the mandate develops positions around all relevant aspects of trafficking. The Special Rapporteur shall also take into account the issue of geographical balance in requesting country visits.

The Special Raporteur will devote equal importance to countries where she has been informed about matters of concerns concerning trafficking and persons affected by it, and countries that have been successful in implementing policies and programmes to reduce the incidence of trafficking and to promote the rights of its victims.

Visits undertaken


Year

Country

Document Symbol

Documents

2014 Seychelles (27 - 31 January 2014) A/HRC/26/37/Add.7 E A C
2013 Belize (12 - 16 December 2013) A/HRC/26/37/Add.6 E Advance Unedited Version
2013 Bahamas (9-11 December 2013) A/HRC/26/37/Add.5 E A C
2013 Italy (12 - 20 September 2013) A/HRC/26/37/Add.4 E F S A C R
2013 Morocco (17 - 21 June 2013) A/HRC/26/37/Add.3 E F S A C R
2012 Philippines (5-9 November 2012) (more information about this mission) A/HRC/23/48/Add.3 E F S A C R
2012 Gabon (14-18 May 2012) A/HRC/23/48/Add.2 E F S A C R
2012 United Arab Emirates (11-17 April 2012) A/HRC/23/48/Add.1 E F S A C R
2011 Australia (17-30 November 2011) A/HRC/20/18/Add.1 E F S A C R
2011 Thailand (8-19 August 2011) A/HRC/20/18/Add.2 E F S A C R
2010 Argentina and Uruguay (6-11 September 2010, 13-17 September 2010) A/HRC/17/35/Add.4
A/HRC/17/35/Add.3
E
E A
Egypt (11-21 April 2010) (Preliminary note) A/HRC/14/32/Add.5
A/HRC/17/35/Add.2
E
E F S A C R
2009 Japan (12-17 July 2009) A/HRC/14/32/Add.4 E F S A C R
2009 Belarus and Poland (18-29 May 2009)

A/HRC/14/32/Add.2
A/HRC/14/32/Add.2

E F S A C R
E

2007

Bahrain, Oman and Qatar (29 October 2006 - 12 November 2006)

A/HRC/4/23/Add.2

E F S A C R

2005

Lebanon (7-16 September 2005)

E/CN.4/2006/62/Add.3

E F S A C R

2005

Bosnia-Herzegovina (20-28 February 2005)

E/CN.4/2006/62/Add.2

E F S A C R


Visit requests

2013: Antigua and Barbuda, Dominican Republic, Seychelles
2012: Barbados
2011: Jamaica
2010: China, India
2009: Russian Federation, Dominican Republic
2005: Kuwait, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia

Invitations received

Belize (October 2013, in reply to the mandate's request)
Bahamas (January 2013, in reply to the mandate's request)
Philippines (November 2011)
Honduras (October 2011)
Moldova (March 2011)
Spain (2010, in reply to the mandate's request)
Tanzania (Interactive Dialogue, 10th HRC session, March 2009)
Senegal (2007, in reply to the mandate's request)

Forthcoming visits