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Trafficking in persons: first fact-finding mission ever to Gabon by a UN independent expert

By United Nations - Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
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GENEVA, Switzerland, May 10, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- The United Nations Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children, Joy Ngozi Ezeilo, will conduct an official visit to Libreville, Gabon, from 14 to 18 May. Her fact-finding mission will be the first ever to the West African country by an independent expert of the UN Human Rights Council.

“During my mission I will examine the situation of trafficked men, women and children and assess the anti-trafficking measures,” said Ms. Ezeilo, who visits the country at the invitation of the Government.

The UN Special Rapporteur is mandated by the UN Human Rights Council 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.

Ms. Ezeilo will meet with representatives of various Government agencies and the judiciary, as well as members of international and civil society organizations working on the fight against trafficking in persons. “I look forward to engaging in a constructive dialogue with the Government and all relevant authorities in a collective effort to combat all forms of human trafficking in the country,” she said.

The human rights expert will also visit centers and shelters in Libreville, where victims of trafficking receive assistance.

At the end of her visit on Friday 18 May, Special Rapporteur will hold a press conference at the UNDP Conference Room, behind the Palais de Justice, Libreville at 11:00h.

She will present a comprehensive report containing her conclusions and recommendations at the 23rd session of the UN Human Rights Council in June 2013.