Thursday, September 23, 2010
Gabon this week acceded to:(1) the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children; and (2) the Protocol against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Their Parts and Components and Ammunition.
The former is the first global legally-binding instrument with an agreed definition on trafficking in persons. It also seeks to protect and assist victims of trafficking, with full respect for their human rights. The latter is the first pact to be adopted at the global level on the illicit trade in firearms, and countries that ratify it commit to adopt a series of crime-control measures. The two protocols are among dozens of treaties that address human rights, disarmament, environmental protection, biodiversity, desertification and climate change, terrorism and crime, and the safety of UN and associated personnel that are open for signature, ratification or accession during the annual treaty event that coincides with the high-level segment of the General Assembly.
Other countries that took action with regard to treaties this week were Panama, Lesotho, Bulgaria and Armenia.
(adapted from a UN press release)