Convention on tourism ethics is major step towards tackling child exploitation, say UN human rights experts
Maria Grazia Giammarinaro, civil judge, Special OHCHR Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially in owmen and children, have called on States to ratify the Framework Convention on the Ethics of Tourism, adopted by the UN World Tourism Organization in September 2019.
Together with the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children, the Special Rapporteur on the sale and sexual exploitation of children and several other Special Rapporteurs, Judge Giammarinaro said that:
There is an urgent need to tackle violence and exploitation, especially sexual and labour exploitation of children, in the context of travel and tourism: no country is immune from this grave phenomenon.
The main aim of the Framework Convention is to endorse the principle that tourism activities should be in line with human rights law. It will also help deliver the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development aimed at promoting sustainable tourism and ending violence against children.
By implementing this instrument, States should also ensure that workers’ rights are fully respected and that businesses in the tourism sector will be held accountable for violations, including trafficking in their supply chains.
You can read the full statement here: https://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx
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