Delegation of the European Union to India and Bhutan

HRC48 - Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on slavery - EU Intervention

Geneva, 17/09/2021 - 15:19, UNIQUE ID: 210917_7
Statements on behalf of the EU

Mr. Obokata,

The EU wishes to thank you for your work and reiterate our commitment to support you and your mandate.

Your report clearly shows how vulnerability to contemporary forms of slavery is further exacerbated by displacement, be it internal or international. We welcome in particular the special focus you put on contemporary forms of slavery affecting displaced children, such as child labour, early and forced marriage, sexual exploitation and forced recruitment. It is of utmost importance that we protect the human rights of all, especially of individuals in vulnerable situations. The gender dimension of slavery is undeniable and of particular concern: over 70 per cent of slavery victims are girls and women.

Moreover, we welcome the attention you devoted to the role businesses must play in the eradication of forced and child labour, two of the most concerning and pervasive forms of contemporary slavery, including among displaced persons across the globe. The EU has just published a new guidance to help companies to combat forced labour, which will enhance companies' capacity to eradicate forced labour from their value chains and contribute to our joint commitment against contemporary forms of slavery.

Mr Obokata,

Fighting trafficking in human beings must also play a central role in any strategy tackling the nexus between displacement and contemporary forms of slavery. Do you have any additional recommendations on how States can best cooperate in combating this heinous crime?

Furthermore, how could States address the gender dimension of slavery?

Thank you.

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