Update: 05.05.2014

International feedback: human trafficking

In the following we have chosen some citations on the subject. At the end of each original citation you can find the source with a link to the complete text of the citation.

Universal Periodic Review (UPR)

Prevent and combat human trafficking


Protect victims of human trafficking

Committee against Torture CAT

«The State party must continue its efforts to combat human trafficking, particularly in women and girls for purposes of sexual exploitation, by adopting a comprehensive strategy, improving prevention and ensuring that victims, including those who cooperate with the justice system, are protected. The State party must also prosecute and punish perpetrators, and inform the Committee of the results of cases currently being prosecuted.»

Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women CEDAW

«The Committee encourages the State party to ensure the quick ratification of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings. It urges the State party to strengthen its measures to combat all forms of trafficking in women and children, including through increased international, regional and bilateral cooperation with countries of origin and transit, in line with article 6 of the Convention. In this respect, the Committee urges the State party not only to ensure the prosecution and punishment of trafficking, but also the protection and recovery of victims of trafficking, including through the allocation of adequate resources to existing specialized services and the establishment of additional services in all cantons. The Committee also urges the State party to consider the extension of temporary residency permits and ot her measures to be in compliance with the Recommended Principles and Guidelines on Human Rights and Human Trafficking developed by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in 2002. The Committee calls upon the State party to collect and analyse data on all aspects of trafficking, disaggregated by age and country of origin, in order to identify trends and root causes, as well as priority areas for action, and to formulate relevant policies. It requests that such information, as well as information on the impact of the measures taken to combat trafficking, be included in the State party’s next periodic report.»


«The Committee urges the State party to continue its efforts to combat trafficking in women and girls. It recommends the formulation of acomprehensive strategy, which should include measures of prevention, theprosecution and punishment of offenders and increased international, regional and bilateral cooperation. It calls on the State party to ensure that trafficked women and girls have the support they need, including residence permits, sothat they can provide testimony against their traffickers. It further urges thattraining of border police and law enforcement officials be pursued so as to enable them to render support to victims of trafficking. The Committee recommends the development of programmes of action for women forced intoprostitution by poverty and the adoption of all appropriate measures to combatand eradicate the exploitation of prostitution, including the prosecution of, and strong penalties for, those who exploit prostitutes. The Committee requests theState party to provide in its next report comprehensive information and dataon the trafficking of women and girls and the exploitation of prostitutes.»

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