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Call for inputs: Trafficking of persons in the agricultural sector


Deadline
31 January 2022
Issued by
Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children
Purpose
To inform the SR's report to be presented to the 50th session of the Human Rights Council, June 2022

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children, Ms. Siobhán Mullally, is preparing a report on trafficking of persons for purposes of forced labour or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, or servitude, in the agricultural sector.

The objective of the report is to examine the limits of current legal and policy frameworks that contribute to risks of trafficking in persons in the agricultural sector. The Report will be presented to the Human Rights Council in June 2022.

To inform her report, the Special Rapporteur welcomes contributions from States, local and regional governments, national human rights institutions, civil society organisations, academics, UN agencies and other stakeholders, on the following issues:

Key Issues:

  • Migrant seasonal workers and migrant worker visa regimes; gaps, challenges and proposals for reform.
  • Gender, migrant workers and exploitation in the agriculture sector.
  • Enforcement:
    • Gaps in enforcement of labour standards, limited scope of labour standards, and role of labour inspectorates in agricultural sector.
    • Ethical recruitment and monitoring of recruitment agencies.
    • Strengthening human rights and labour rights due diligence in supply chains – what is working, and what is not working?
  • Accountability:
    • Effectiveness of trade sanctions in combating trafficking in persons in the agricultural sector
    • Ensuring effective investigations, prosecution and international cooperation to combat impunity in the agricultural sector
    • Challenges in the implementation of current prevention programmes: measures to enhance access to justice and ensure effective remedies
  • Trafficking of persons from minority communities, indigenous peoples, internally displaced persons and refugees in the agricultural sector.
  • Rights of persons with disabilities and trafficking in the agricultural sector: effective prevention, protection and partnership measures.
  • Child trafficking in the agricultural sector: effective prevention and protection strategies.
  • Sustainability, climate change and human trafficking in the agricultural sector.
  • Roles of trade unions, workers’ associations and civil society in combating trafficking in the agricultural sector.
  • Promising practices to combat human trafficking in the agricultural sector.

How to send your written submission to the Special Rapporteur?


E- mail subject line:
"Input for the Report on trafficking in the agricultural sector"
Accepted languages:
English, French or Spanish

Respondents are requested to limit their submissions to a maximum of 2,000 words. Additional supporting materials, such as reports, academic studies, and other background materials may be annexed to the submission. All submissions will be posted on the mandate’s website. Should you wish to maintain confidentiality of your submission, kindly clearly indicate it at the time of submission.

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