Fifth Regional Consultation on the Right to an Effective Remedy for Trafficked Persons- MENA Region

On 9 January 2014, the Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children Ms. Joy Ngozi Ezeilo, convened a regional consultation on the right to an effective remedy for trafficked persons in Amman, Jordan pursuant to Human Rights Council Resolution 20/1 of 5 July 2012.

This regional consultation brought together representatives of 8 States from the Middle East and North Africa region as well as experts from international and regional governmental and non-governmental organizations thus providing a forum to exchange experiences, practices and lessons learnt while assisting victims of trafficking . It also provided an opportunity to engage in deeper discussions on the content of the draft Basic Principles and further aliment the draft with suggestions and recommendations.

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 based on existing international human rights law and standards. The draft Basic Principles are 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.