Chad strengthens legislation against human trafficking thanks to UNODC support
On 25-26 March 2015, a technical workshop was held in N'Djamena, Chad, to validate the draft law on the fight against human trafficking in the country. Like other countries in Central Africa, human trafficking has become a concern for the Republic of Chad, considered an area of origin, transit and destination for victims of this form of trafficking. These are subject to several forms of exploitation such as forced labor, sexual exploitation, organ trafficking and recruitment into armed groups.
Resulting from the collaboration that unites UNODC to the Government of Chad in its efforts to fight all forms of organized crime, and particularly human trafficking, the event brought together legal practitioners, academics, sociologists, members of civil society, government departments involved in the topic, as well as representatives from international organizations. Its organization was made possible by funding from the US Department of State.
In line with a number of other countries, Chad ratified the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and its additional Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children. Thus, it has pledged to meet a number of provisions in the Protocol and in particular to criminalize trafficking in persons in its domestic law.
"It is to meet these requirements that UNODC provides technical support to the Chadian state, to conform its legal system to the provisions contained in international Conventions" recalled the UNODC Project Coordinator for Human Trafficking for West and Central Africa, Mr. Lamine Daffé. He also stressed that "the workshop complements various projects of the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights, which safeguards the Government's criminal policy, in the fields of legislative reform and the implementation of recommendations from the General Assembly of the Judiciary in June 2003."
The Director General of Human Rights of the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights, Mr Abdel-Nasser Mahamat Ali Garboa praised the good cooperation that binds UNODC to the Government of Chad. This partnership is fully in line with the efforts of the Chadian government under the leadership of the Head of State, as evidenced by the Presidential Directive on the use of children in armed conflict (2014) and the establishment of an inter-ministerial technical committee to fight against trafficking in persons (2013).
The legislation was approved by participants after the integration of some amendments. The text will be sent officially to the Chadian authorities along with the proposals made by participants regarding the validation process of the text by the Chadian Parliament.