Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children


Filipino migrant workers are reunited with their families following conflict in Lebanon in 2006. © IOM Photo/Angelo JacintoAt its sixtieth session, the Commission on Human Rights adopted decision 2004/110, by which it decided to appoint, for a three-year period, a Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children to focus on the human rights aspects of the victims of trafficking in persons. In the same decision, the Commission invited the Special Rapporteur to submit annual reports to the Commission together with recommendations on measures required to uphold and protect the human rights of the victims. The Commission requested the Special Rapporteur to respond effectively to reliable information on possible human rights violations with a view to protecting the human rights of actual or potential victims of trafficking and to cooperate fully with other relevant special rapporteurs, in particular the Special Rapporteur on violence against women, and to take full account of their contributions to the issue. The Commission also requested the Special Rapporteur to cooperate with relevant United Nations bodies, regional organizations and victims and their representatives. The Economic and Social Council, in its decision 2004/228, endorsed Commission on Human Rights’ decision 2004/110.

In July 2017, the mandate of the Special Rapporteur has been extended for another three years by the Human Rights Council resolution 35/5.

In the discharge of his/her mandate, the Special Rapporteur:

    a) Takes action on violations committed against trafficked persons and on situations in which there has been a failure to protect their human rights (See Individual complaints)

    b) Undertakes 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

    c) Submits annual reports on the activities of the mandate

Please send an email to SRtrafficking@ohchr.org if you would like to submit information to the Special Rapporteur.

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