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Recommended Principles and Guidelines on Human Rights and Human Trafficking: Commentary
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In July 2002, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights presented a set of Trafficking Principles and Guidelines to the United Nations and Economic and Social Council. The purpose of these Guidelines and Principles is to promote and facilitate the integration of a human rights perspective into national, regional and international anti-trafficking laws, policies and interventions. Certain aspects of the Trafficking Principles and Guidelines are based upon established customary rules of public international law to which all States are bound and/or reiterate norms contained in existing international agreements. This extensive Commentary provides clear direction on how to use these Principles and Guidelines and their legal status by discussing the different sources of legal obligations to which they relate.
Human Rights and Human Trafficking
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This Fact Sheet seeks to provide a brief but comprehensive overview of human rights and human trafficking. In exploring the applicable legal and policy framework, it draws on two major outputs of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, namely the Recommended Principles and Guidelines on Human Rights and Human Trafficking and its extensive Commentary. The Fact Sheet aims to help the general public understand human rights and the international machinery that has been established to promote and protect them.