Strong Global Body Needed to Stop Human Trafficking

Published on Khaleejtimes online, by Ibrahim Haj Hamad, 29 April 2009.

DUBAI — A stronger international organisation is needed to protect the interests and rights of workers despite the UAE taking significant measures to combat human trafficking and upholding their rights, experts at the seminar on Labour and Human Rights held in Dubai said.

Roger Plant from the International Labour Organisation (ILO), Renaud Detalle from the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNOHCHR) and Ghassan Khalil a member of the Community Development Authority (CDA), were among key participants on the first day of the seminar.

Opening the discussion on the “Right to Consensual Work: Strategies for Deterring, Detecting and Combating Forced Labour,” Khalil said the GCC region, especially the UAE, must outline a clearer definition on the difference between human trafficking, exploitation, forced labour and coercion. 

Plant pointed out that most subcontractors do not comply with the domestic laws and find loop holes, which can be curbed only through a strong international organisation.

Maher Alobed, who hosted the discussion, emphasised on the need to have greater awareness on the true scope and extent of human trafficking.

Renaud Detalle, whose office has issued 11 guidelines on combating human trafficking since 2002, said “accepting the Palermo agreement is a fundamental step to promote and protect human rights as well as combat human trafficking” … (full text).

Links:

Human Rights for workers;

Globalization and its impact on working men and women, Issues available online: from April 2007 to January 2008;

On Sweatshops and Child Labor, HRFW Bulletins;

Google News-results (by the key words Human Rights and Workers).

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