19 July 2012 - The Philippine Mission in Geneva continues to take the lead in fighting human trafficking in the multilateral arena.
On the sidelines of the 20th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in June this year, Philippine Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Evan P. Garcia, met with the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons, Ms. Joy Ngozi Ezeilo, to prepare for the latter’s country visit to the Philippines.
Ms. Ezeilo is set to visit the Philippines this November to observe the country’s drive to combat the menace of trafficking. She will also learn of the best practices adopted by the Philippines, including the trafficking prevention programs the government is implementing for Filipinos wanting to go abroad to work.
Related to this, on 25 June 2012, the Philippine Mission also organized jointly with the United States and the German Missions a forum on trafficking in persons with a focus on effective partnership between governments and non-governmental organizations. This was held at the UN Headquarters in Geneva.
DOJ Prosecutor Darlene Pajarito and Atty. Sam Innocencio of the Philippine-based NGO, International Justice Mission, presented Philippine perspectives in that forum. Forum speakers shared their experiences with several country representatives on closer cooperation between governments and the NGOs to effectively prevent trafficking, assist victims, and prosecute criminals.
In addition, at the 20th session of the UNHRC, the Philippine Mission, together with the German Mission, led 68 other countries in sponsoring the resolution on trafficking in persons. The resolution, which calls for access to effective remedies for trafficked victims, was adopted by consensus on 5 July 5.