Judicial Colloquium on Human Trafficking & Forced Labour

A Judicial Colloquium on Human Trafficking & Forced Labour was held from 7-9th August with the participation of 65 Judges. Human Trafficking is gaining increased global attention as a transnational organized crime. The profits generated from trafficking in human beings are significantly high, thereby making it one of the most lucrative criminal industries in the world.

Press release | 09 August 2011

Judicial Colloquium on Human Trafficking & Forced Labour, 7-9th August 2011

A Judicial Colloquium on Human Trafficking & Forced Labour was held from 7-9th August with the participation of 65 Judges.

Human Trafficking is gaining increased global attention as a transnational organized crime. The profits generated from trafficking in human beings are significantly high, thereby making it one of the most lucrative criminal industries in the world.

The ILO has long been committed to addressing the problem of human trafficking & Forced Labour, globally. The ILO extended its support to the Government of Sri Lanka and launched a Project on the ‘Prevention of Trafficking in Persons’ in close collaboration with the Ministry of Justice and other stakeholders.

Mr. Donglin Li, Country Director of the International Labour Organization in Sri Lanka stated that the ILO places great emphasis on addressing all forms of human trafficking, forced labour, and exploitation beyond mere sexual exploitation, and approaches the issue as a violation of a fundamental labour right that demands zero tolerance. Moreover, Mr. Li reiterated that the ILO Conventions that are widely ratified enunciate ILO’s role in combating the menace internationally.

The ILO is currently working with several national stakeholders in carrying out initiatives aimed at combating trafficking in Sri Lanka. Following a ‘National Stakeholder Consultation on the Existing Legislation on Trafficking in Persons’ organised in collaboration with the Ministry of Justice last year, this judicial colloquium is another high-level event organized by the ILO in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Judges’ Institute.

The colloquium was inaugurated by Hon. Justice Imam. Hon. Justice Suresh Chandra and Hon. Justice Priyasath Dep, Judges of the Supreme Court, Hon. Justice Eric Basnayake, Judge of the Court of Appeal and Prof. Diyanath Samarasinghe Consultant Psychiatrist, Mr. Alexander Iafaev and Ms. Aurelie Hauchere, Senior Specialists of the ILO were the key resource persons.

The ILO stands committed to support operations to combat trafficking in Sri Lanka.

For more information, please contact:

Chandrika Karunaratna

National Project Coordinator on Human Trafficking & Forced Labour

International Labour Organization Country Office for Sri Lanka

Tel : + 94 11 2592525, 2580691 – 8