By Hassan Zaggi
The United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur, Maria Grazia Giammarinaro, is currently in Nigeria to assess the issue of trafficking in persons. She is in an official visit to Nigeria which will last till September 10.
In a statement, Ms Giammarinaro said: “My visit is an opportunity to meet with relevant stakeholders to discuss various forms and manifestations of trafficking in persons and key human rights concerns and challenges, as well as progress made, in addressing trafficking in persons for the purpose of sexual, labour or any other form of exploitation.
“Particular attention will be paid to key issues and challenges in the implementation of international and legal frameworks on trafficking in persons, especially women and children.
“During the visit, we will also examine measures taken or to be taken in terms of prevention of trafficking in persons, identification and protection of victims, prosecution and punishment of perpetrators as well as access to justice and social inclusion for survivors.”
Ms. Giammarinaro is billed to meet representatives of Government agencies, as well as UN officials and members of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), especially those working in the field of prevention and victim support, during her visit to Abuja, Lagos and Benin City.
The Special Rapporteur will hold a news conference to share her preliminary observations with the media at 12 pm on Monday 10 September 2018 at the Hilton Hotel in Abuja
Findings from the country visit and recommendations will be included in an official report to be presented to the UN Human Rights Council in June 2019.