Jordan: UN Human Rights expert to assess the situation of trafficking in persons

United Nations Special Rapporteur Maria Grazia Giammarinaro will carry out her first official visit to Jordan from 28 January to 4 February 2016 to assess the situation of trafficking of persons in the country, especially that of women, children, but also of men.

Maria Grazia 2601Geneve, Jan 26, 2016.- “I look forward to assessing the progress made and challenges Jordan faces in addressing trafficking in human beings through constructive exchanges with relevant authorities and key actors,” said the independent expert 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.

“During my eight-day visit, I wish to reach out to trafficked persons themselves, so that their voices are heard and can be considered in the Government’s responses to combatting human trafficking,” Ms. Giammarinaro stressed.

The Special Rapporteur, who visits the country at the invitation of the Government, will meet with representatives of various Government agencies, as well as the United Nations and members of civil society organizations working to fight against trafficking in persons in the country.

The expert will hold a press conference to share with the media preliminary observations from her visit at 12:00 pm on Thursday 4 February 2016 at Le Meridien Hotel Amman, Queen Nour St, Shmeisani, Amman, Jordan. Access to the press conference is strictly limited to journalists.

Findings from the country visit and recommendations will be included in an official report to be presented to the UN Human Rights Council in June 2016.

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