Subject: Re: [Stop-traffic] Countries that signed the Trafficking Protocol
From: Hanya Krill (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Wed Dec 20 2000 - 12:00:58 EST
Singling out the countries that did not sign, without offering explanatory
comments, may cast those countries in a bad light.
The fact is that some of the countries that did not sign have
constitutional structures in place that prevent representatives from
signing on to any agreement without the approval of their parliaments -
i.e., the representatives may not have been empowered to sign a document
that obligates that country to act on the agreement. It does not by any
means suggest that those countries will not sign at some future date. The
collection of signatures on UN protocols frequently span more than one year.
Ukraine is one such country. It is important to note that the President of
Ukraine signed these 3 optional protocols during the Millenium Summit last
- Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of
Discrimination against Women
- Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on
Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict
- Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the
Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography
The United States signed the latter 2 protocols only on July 5, 2000, much
later than many other countries.
Thus, it is far more important to note that even though those countries did
not sign the Protocol on the spot, they did attend the Convention - that
alone underscores their concerns about the issue.
BRAMA - Gateway Ukraine
At 03:24 PM 12/19/00 -0500, you wrote:
>Last week, at Palermo, Italy, the UN Convention on Transnational Organized
>Crime and the Trafficking and Smuggling Protocols were open to signature.
>The countries that signed the Convention and Protocols are listed on the UN
>A number of countries with significant trafficking problems did not sign,
>e.g., Australia, China, Czech Republic, Israel, Japan, Morocco, Poland,
>Slovakia and Slovenia, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Thailand, Ukraine, Vietnam.
>It is also interesting to note that all countries that signed the
>Trafficking Protocol signed the Smuggling Protocol, except for Colombia and
>Paraguay, which did not sign the Smuggling Protocol.
>Also, every country, without exception, signed the main Convention.
>Ann Jordan, Director
>Initiative Against Trafficking in Persons
>International Human Rights Law Group
>1200 - 18th Street, NW
>Washington, DC 20036
>202-822-4600, ext. 27
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