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Statement of Italy in the Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children at the 47th session of the Human Rights Council

In the context of the current session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, Italy took part in the Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children.

The Deputy Permanent Representative of Italy to the International Organisations in Geneva, Marie Sol Fulci, confirmed Italy’s active engagement in the fight against trafficking in human beings at national level and in all relevant international fora, which is one of the core priorities of the current mandate of Italy at the Human Rights Council.

“The Italian legal framework is victim centred, human rights oriented and gender and child sensitive, focusing on prevention, the legal protection of all victims and greater involvement of non-governmental organizations and local communities”, declared the Deputy Permanent Representative, underlying that in 2016 Italy adopted its first National Action Plan Against Trafficking and Serious Exploitation of Human Beings and that an updated Action Plan is currently under preparation.

Recalling that “during its presidency of the Security Council in November 2017, Italy promoted the adoption of Resolution 2388 on trafficking in persons, with a special focus on the protection of children, including in situations of armed conflict and in post-conflict situations”, the Deputy Permanent Representative confirmed Italy’s strong support for the activities of the OHCHR, UNHCR and IOM and renewed the “call for the universal ratification and implementation of the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and the protocols thereto, including the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children”.

“Italy will continue to actively protect the victims of human trafficking at both the national and international levels, especially those in vulnerable situations, including unaccompanied minors”, stated the Deputy Permanent Representative Fulci, concluding that Italy will further promote international law enforcement and judicial cooperation to address this issue.

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