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RECOMMENDATIONS AND COMMENTARY to

The Open-ended intergovernmental meeting of experts to discuss possible mechanisms to review the UN Convention against Transnational Organised Crime (UNTOC)

 

Advocacy_RecomUNTOCIn November 2009, Resolution L9[1] on a Review Mechanism was adopted at the UNCAC 3rd Conference of States Parties (CoSP) in Doha, Qatar. The Resolution was drafted in reference to article 63, paragraph 7 of UNCAC, which provides for a mechanism to assist with implementation of the Convention if the Conference deems it necessary. Similarly, the current Open-ended intergovernmental meeting of experts on possible mechanisms to review implementation of UNTOC (herein after the Working Group [WG]) takes its reference from Article 32. 3 of UNTOC, according to which the Conference is to agree upon mechanisms for effectively reviewing UNTOC.

The following recommendations are presented as additions to the text of UNCAC resolution L9, which we believe the WG will use to form the basis of deliberations on a review mechanism to UNTOC.

This note has been prepared by the Global Alliance against Traffic in Women (GAATW), a network of over 90 organisations worldwide who work on trafficking, migration and labour issues. Many of these organisations work in direct contact with trafficked persons as service providers or advocates and therefore have great experience in this field. Our recommendations are based on this expertise and are aimed at ensuring any review mechanism adopted has maximum impact in global efforts to combat human trafficking.


[1] Extracts have been taken from the unofficial un-edited document available on the UNODC website: www.unodc.org


Strategic Thematic Direction

During 2011-13, through our Power in Migration and Work thematic programme, we engaged more directly with the migrant rights and labour rights movements. During 2014-2016 our work will build on the work of previous years; we will continue to push for a human rights based approach in anti-trafficking policies and practices.  We will also deepen our engagement with the issue of migration and labour.

The three thematic strategic issues outlined below are continuations of our work during 2011-13.

ACCOUNTABILITY Increasing the accountability of all anti-trafficking stakeholders involved in the design or implementation of anti-trafficking responses, towards the persons whose human rights they purport to protect.

ACCESS TO JUSTICE Broadening spaces for trafficked persons and migrant workers to practice their human rights by improving access to justice and combating all forms of discrimination that impact women’s ability to exercise their human rights as they relate to trafficking.

POWER IN MIGRATION AND WORK Centring an analysis of women’s power in their labour and migration to better assess migration and labour policies’ impact on women, and to work towards labour and migration processes that reflect migrants’ needs, aspirations and capabilities.