Human Rights Council, 15th Session
Joint written statement submitted by Franciscans International, a non-governmental organization in general consultative status, the Global Alliance against Traffic in Women, (GAATW) and Anti-Slavery International, nongovernmental organisations in special consultative status
[23 August 2010]
The “Protection Gap”: diplomatic immunity and domestic workers
The Global Alliance against Traffic in Women, Franciscan’s International and Anti-Slavery International welcome the Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Slavery’s (SR CFS) report2 on Domestic Servitude and her ongoing commitment to dialogue with civil society.
Domestic servitude has received increasing international attention in recent years. At its301st session, March 2008, the ILO Governing Body agreed to begin discussions on setting labour standards to address the treatment of domestic workers in employment worldwide. Similarly, at its 11th session, September 2009, the Committee on Migrant Workers focused on domestic work, and is in the process of developing a General Comment on the issue for discussion at its 12th session.