UN Rapporteurs call for input for upcoming thematic reports

UN Rapporteurs

The next thematic report of the UN Special Rapporteur on Slavery, Mr. Tomoya Obokata will focus on homelessness as a cause and consequence of contemporary forms of slavery. See call for input, which lists the key questions for which input is sought. Mr. Tomoya Obokata will examine the experiences of homeless persons themselves and seek information from multiple additional stakeholders and sources. Key questions related to the main causes/drivers of homelessness at national level, and evidence of persons experiencing homelessness, being exploited in contemporary forms of slavery, such as forced of bonded labour, worst forms of child labour and sexual exploitation.

The UN Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children, Ms. Siobhan Mullally will devote her next report to the access to international protection of victims of trafficking in persons or persons at risk of trafficking. See also her call for input. She aims to analyze conceptual and procedural issues regarding access to international protection, as well as trafficking in persons for all purposes of exploitation as a form of persecution.

She will also review challenges and gaps in the identification of victims of trafficking among refugees, asylum seekers and stateless persons, and vulnerabilities to trafficking for people fleeing to seek safety. Special attention will be given to the gender dimension, as well as specific challenges to access international protection to victims from LGBTQI+ communities, minorities, indigenous peoples, stateless persons, or victims persons with disabilities. Mullally will also analyse good practices at national level and will offer a set of recommendations to support the access of international protection to victims of trafficking and persons at risk of trafficking.

The report by the UNSR on Slavery will be submitted to the 54th Session of the Human Rights Council. Mullaly’s report will be submitted earlier, to the 53th session of the Human Rights Council, in June 2023.