As this is your first report to the Council as Special Rapporteur, the EU wishes to express again sincere congratulations for your appointment and our commitment to support you in your important work.
We welcome your very topical report, in which you analyse how the COVID-19 pandemic and its dramatic effects on the global economy has further increased the vulnerability to slavery of many people, particularly informal workers, women, children, persons belonging to minorities, migrants and refugees
As you note in your report, many – including the EU and our Member States - are taking measures to ease the economic impact of the crisis on those in the most vulnerable situations and to provide wider access to health and other social security services. We are aware that much more needs to be done and look forward to the further analysis of best practices mentioned by the report.
While the adverse effects of the pandemic call for greater efforts to fight and eradicate slavery in all its forms, the measures needed to contain the spread of the virus often put additional constraints to the action of States and Civil Society actors. Do you have any initial reflection on how to address this potential conundrum?