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Report of the Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children (A/HRC/32/41)

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The Secretariat has the honour to transmit to the Human Rights Council the thematic report of the Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children, Maria Grazia Giammarinaro, prepared pursuant to Council resolution 26/8. In her report the Special Rapporteur addresses the linkage between trafficking in persons and conflict, which she had identified in her previous report to the Council (A/HRC/29/38) as one of the areas of interest to and further research by her mandate. In the present report the Special Rapporteur raises international awareness on the forms and nature of trafficking related to the complex situation of conflict.

I. Introduction

1. In the present report, submitted pursuant to Human Rights Council resolution 26/8, the Special Rapporteur outlines her activities undertaken during the period under review and presents a thematic report on the subject of trafficking in persons in conflict and post-conflict situations: protecting victims of trafficking and people at risk of trafficking, especially women and children.

II. Activities carried out by the Special Rapporteur

A. Participation in conferences and consultations

2. On 11 April 2016, the Special Rapporteur took part in the sixteenth conference of the Alliance against Trafficking in Persons organized by the Office of the Special Representative and Coordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, held in Vienna.

3. On 29 and 30 November 2015, the Special Rapporteur convened, in Amman, an expert group meeting on the impact of armed conflict on people’s vulnerability to trafficking in persons, including sexual and labour exploitation.

4. On 16 November, she delivered opening remarks at the sixth session of the Working Group on Trafficking in Persons, established by the States parties to the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, held in Vienna.

5. On 23 October, she presented her thematic report on due diligence and trafficking in persons (A/70/260) to the General Assembly at its seventieth session.

6. On 24 June, she took part in an event on the margins of the twenty-ninth session of the Human Rights Council in connection with a global call for action to prevent and respond to abuse and fraud in the recruitment of labour, including its relationship to trafficking in persons, organized by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the International Labour Organization (ILO).