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International Laws That Prohibit Trafficking in Sri Lanka

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Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948), which prohibits slavery, servitude, and the slave trade, as well as torture or cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment.

U.N. Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic of Persons and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others (1949), which provides a variety of measures against all forms of trafficking in women and the exploitation of prostitution. Sri Lanka ratified this Convention on 7th August 1958.

Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (1979) Article 6, which includes a provision dealing specifically with trafficking of women and requires that all of the ratifying countries to take all appropriate measures, including legislation, to suppress all forms of trafficking in women and the exploitation of prostitution of women. Sri Lanka ratified CEDAW in 1981.

United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989), which requires that all ratifying nations protect children from all forms of sexual exploitation and sexual abuse, to prevent the abduction of, sale of, or traffic in children for any purpose or in any form, and require provision of recovery and reintegration for all child victims of these crimes. Sri Lanka ratified this Convention on 12th July 1991.

United Nations Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime and Palermo Protocol to Prevent, Suppress, and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children (2000). Sri Lanka is a signatory to this Convention from 13th December 2010.

The SAARC Convention on Preventing and Combating the Trafficking in Women and Children for Prostitution 2002 : The scope of this Convention is 'to promote cooperation amongst member States to effectively deal with various aspects of prevention, interdiction and suppression of trafficking in women and children; repatriation and rehabilitation of victims of trafficking, and preventing the use of women and children in international prostitution networks, particularly where the SAARC member countries are the countries of origin, transit and destination'.

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