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Maat raises a set of legislative proposals to address the phenomenon of human trafficking

Maat raises a set of legislative proposals to address the phenomenon of human trafficking

The Foundation sent a draft of the amendments to the parliament and the Council of Ministers and the Ministry of Legal Affairs

Maat for Peace, Development and Human Rights sent a draft of proposed legislative amendments to confront the phenomenon of human trafficking to “the Egyptian parliament, the Ministry of Legal Affairs, the House of Representatives and the Council of Ministers”   The draft is one of the publications of   “The public policy and human rights analysis Unit ” of the Foundation, which works like the an independent thinking house on the development of a set of policies and legislation and laws compatible with international human rights standards and obligations of Egypt in the universal periodic review in 2014.

It is worth mentioning that the draft law was evolved based on a high level meeting that hosted a group of representatives of international and local organizations, legal experts, representatives of the coordinating national commission to combat and prevent human trafficking and public figures. The table discussed a series of legislative reforms that Maat is seeking to enter on a range of legislation and articles governing human trafficking. The most important laws are the anti – trafficking laws, the fight against illegal immigration and the smuggling of migrants, the organization of human organ transplantation, anti – prostitution law, the Egyptian Penal Code and its amendments, the Unified Labor law and its amendments, as a part of an integrated action plan aiming to adopt new policies that are compatible with Egypt’s obligations in front of the UPR.

Some articles of the laws has been amended based on the recommendations of the round table, including adding a comprehensive article in human trafficking law criminalizing all forms of trafficking in women, with more severe punishment in Article 227 of the Penal Code relating to early marriage. The proposals included the need to reconsider the Egyptian labor law to be consistent with international conventions ratified by Egypt.

The draft law comes in the framework of the project  “Universal Periodic Review as a Tool to Enhance Public Policy During the Transitional Period”, implemented by the foundation and funded by the European Union during 2016-2017 ,  which seeks to strengthen the role of the Universal Periodic Review to enhance public policies and reforming human rights  in Egypt through the involvement of civil society organizations, activists and  media figures  effectively in the follow-up and  call for the essential reform of the Human Rights, also adopting new policies in line with international human rights standards based on the Universal Periodic Review in 2014.The project activities target 5 major regions including: the Canal, Sinai, East of the Delta, Central and West Delta, Greater Cairo region, Northern Upper Egypt and Southern  upper Egypt.

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