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UN Human Rights Experts Warn that Separated Haitian Children Risk Being Sold, Trafficked, or Kept in Slave-Like Conditions (UN)

From the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG) “There is an increased risk of unaccompanied children in Haiti, including orphans and restaveks*, being abducted, enslaved, sold or trafficked, due to increased insecurity in the country,” a group of UN human rights experts warned Tuesday**. The experts, who are mandated by the Human Rights Council to monitor slavery, sale of children, trafficking and violence against children, stressed that “protection of children must be at the heart of the relief operation in Haiti.” The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Committee on the Rights of the Child and the Independent Expert on Haiti have also emphasized the critical need to protect children in the chaotic aftermath of the earthquake, and in light of the particular dangers posed by thousands of gang-members and other criminals who escaped from prisons damaged by the […]

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