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SAARC resolution on trafficking


The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, Radhika Coomaraswamy, has said that the proposed SAARC document on trafficking in girls and women needs to be re-examined once more before it becomes official. "The declaration fails to differentiate trafficking from prostitution, concentrating singularly on trafficking of girls and women for commercial sexual exploitation," she said. The aspects of trafficking that have been left out include crimes such as smuggling children to work in sweatshops and even as seasonal labourers. The Kathmandu-based South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) has been working on the document for approval by the seven member-states, before it is signed in Kathmandu in a few months. Coomaraswamy said that the document also needed regimes to protect the rights of women and children and was critical of some Nepali government measures, which restrict the mobility of women in the name of fighting girl trafficking.



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