Seychelles commended for enacting legislation on Trafficking in Persons
The Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons, especially women and children, Ms Joy Ngozi Ezeilo, commended the Government of Seychelles for enacting ‘Prohibition on trafficking in persons act, 2014’ at the 26th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, where she presented her report on her visit to Seychelles in January 2014. The visit took place following an open invitation by Seychelles to the Special Procedures mechanism of the United Nations in November 2012.
The Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons, especially women and children, commended the strong political will and efforts made by Seychelles towards combatting trafficking in persons.
The Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr Jean Paul Adam welcomed the report, and in recognising the invisible and clandestine nature of the crime of trafficking in persons, noted that although there have been no reported cases of trafficking in persons to date, national mechanisms will be strengthened in order to be able address trafficking when instances are identified, and that an evidence based approach must be taken to address the real situation of trafficking in persons in Seychelles. Minister Adam also noted that the Act on trafficking in persons, whilst penalising the crime of trafficking in persons, also makes provisions for the protection and rehabilitation of victims of trafficking in persons. Additionally, the Act establishes a formalized Interministerial National Coordinating Committee to harmonize the country’s efforts in combatting trafficking in persons, and to oversee the implementation and operationalization of a National Strategy and Action Plan on Trafficking in Persons.
Due note was taken of the areas of improvement indicated by the Special Rapporteur with regards to effectively combatting the transnational crime of trafficking in persons, with Minister Adam assuring the Human Rights Council that as a “strong proponent of the promotion and protection of human rights, Seychelles is determined act decisively against these heinous crimes”.
The Government of Seychelles will continue to have constructive dialogues with the Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons, especially women and children, and to work closely with national and international partners, such as the International Organization on Migration and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, in order to combat trafficking in persons and to provide effective protection and rehabilitative services for victims of trafficking in persons.