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UN expert on trafficking in persons to visit Central African Republic

24 November 2023

GENEVA (24 November 2023) – UN Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children, Siobhán Mullally, will conduct an official visit to Central African Republic from 24 to 30 November 2023.

Mullally will examine how to strengthen human rights-based responses to human trafficking and ensure effective prevention and access to justice for victims and survivors. She will assess the risks of trafficking in post-conflict and conflict situations, with particular attention to the Women Peace and Security agenda, the gender dimension to trafficking, and child trafficking, including recruitment and use in armed conflict. She will also examine the human rights concerns relating to risks of trafficking during displacement, including internal displacement and protection needs of refugees, stateless persons and migrants.

During her visit, the expert will meet Government representatives, UN officials, law enforcement bodies, civil society organisations and survivors, and peacebuilding organisations. She will visit Bangui and Bria.

The Special Rapporteur will hold a press conference at 15:30 local time on Thursday 30 November at the Ledger Plaza Hotel, Avenue de l'Indépendance, Bangui. Access will be strictly limited to journalists.

Mullally will present her report to the UN Human Rights Council in June 2024.

Ms. Siobhán Mullally (Ireland) was appointed as Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children by the UN Human Rights Council in July 2020, to promote the prevention of trafficking in persons in all its forms, and to encourage measures to uphold and protect the human rights of victims. She is also the Established Professor of Human Rights Law and Director of the Irish Centre for Human Rights at the School of Law, University of Galway. Prior to her appointment as Special Rapporteur, she was a member of the Council of Europe Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA), elected as President of GRETA from 2016-2018 and as 1st Vice-President from 2014-2018.

The Special Rapporteurs are part of what is known as the Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council. Special Procedures, the largest body of independent experts in the UN Human Rights system, is the general name of the Council’s independent fact-finding and monitoring mechanisms that address either specific country situations or thematic issues in all parts of the world. Special Procedures experts work on a voluntary basis; they are not UN staff and do not receive a salary for their work. They are independent from any government or organization and serve in their individual capacity.

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