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Beyond The Duty To Protect: Expanding Accountability And Responsibilities Of The State In Combating Human Trafficking

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This chapter holds human trafficking to be a gross violation of human rights and freedoms, a fountain for the growth of organized crime, a global health risk, an issue of safety, security and preservation of law of every nation involved. Opining that human trafficking "is declining", is at best euphoric, and at worst utopian. The most recent monitoring procedure of states' obligations under human rights law is the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), established by the Human Rights Council. Ridding humanity of trafficking and its ramifications cannot be achieved overnight, by simply criminalizing the act. It will require time and resources, and above all, a whole lot of good will to start and to continue hitting at the phenomenon from all angles. This aim can only be achieved when the state starts discharging all of its responsibilities under human rights law.

Keywords: Human Rights Council; human rights law; human trafficking; Universal Periodic Review (UPR)



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