Uganda pushes issue of child trafficking higher up the agenda

Uganda pushes the problem of child trafficking higher up the political agenda. The country signed the Palermo Protocol against trafficking in persons, women and children, but the government has not yet adopted the protocol. Lobbying by Terre des Hommes’ partner Fida Uganda has helped putting this protocol high on the agenda for ratification.

Child trafficking

Terre des Hommes works at different levels to prevent and address child trafficking. They not only work within the community and individual families, but also on a national and international political level. The so-called United Nations (UN) Palermo Protocol to prevent, suppress and punish trafficking in persons, especially women and children, is the main international instrument against child trafficking. This protocol supplements the UN convention against transnational organised crime. Thanks to the Palermo Protocol, an unambiguous definition of trafficking in persons, women and children is used worldwide. It provides states a clear framework for how to deal with perpetrators, as well as victims. In addition, upon ratification, countries assume the obligation to introduce these principles into their national legislation, and for example criminalise child trafficking.

Lobby for ratification of the Palermo Protocol

Uganda is one of the co-signatories of the Palermo protocol. However, the country has not yet adopted the protocol and can therefore not yet be held liable for not adhering to international agreements to combat human and child trafficking as the Ugandan government has not yet approved it. Terre des Hommes’ partner Fida Uganda has therefore started lobbying for ratification of the Palermo protocol. The Ugandan government has put a high-level official of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in charge of advising on possible outstanding approvals of various conventions. Thanks to the intensive dialogue between Fida Uganda and this official, the Palermo protocol is now high on the agenda for ratification. The policy document on the Palermo Protocol drawn up by Frida Uganda will be incorporated and submitted as a favourable opinion to the Ugandan Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Still work left to do...

Children who are vulnerable to exploitation, need protection and assistance. Together with our partners and sponsors we address child exploitation and prevent children from being exploited. Uganda pushes the problem of child trafficking higher up the political agenda, but we still have work left to do. Will you help us?

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