Wednesday, 20 October 2021

India rejects UN claim that anti-trafficking bill not in line with human rights law


NEW DELHI: The ministry of women and child development issued a statement pointing that concerns expressed by certain UN human rights experts on the Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill “seems to be emanating from a lack of understanding of the Bill in question”. In a statement released on July 23, the UN experts sought that “India must revise the planned new legislation to tackle trafficking to ensure the measures it proposes are in line with international human rights law.”

Countering the criticism, the government has stated that “the Bill is in conformity with various international standards.” The Bill was passed in the Lok Sabha last week and will now be introduced in the Rajya Sabha for approval.

In a statement issued jointly by Maria Grazia Giammarinaro, special rapporteur on trafficking in persons, and Urmila Boola, special rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery, it has been stated that the Bill does not give due consideration to the rights and needs of the victims and their protection and proper rehabilitation. It has also been stated that the Bill seems to conflate sex work and migration with trafficking. They have said that the proposed Bill seems to promote ‘rescue raids’ by the police”.

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