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Human Trafficking & Modern Slavery Submission to the Universal Periodic Review of the United Kingdom 4th cycle, November 2022

Beth Mullan-Feroze
Kamena Dorling

Together with a number of UK based organisations working to prevent and end trafficking, HBF has made a submission to the 4th Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the UK, to be completed in November 2022. 

The UPR is a process which involves a periodic review of the human rights records of all 193 UN Member States by the Human Rights Council. It provides an opportunity for all States to declare what actions they have taken to improve the human rights situations in their countries and to overcome challenges to the enjoyment of human rights.

Our submission focuses on trafficking and modern slavery and highlights gaps in the UK's current response and actions. Recommendations cover addressing obstacles to identification and protection measures; the impact of immigration enforcement centred approaches; access to legal aid; the rights of overseas domestic workers; the need for Business Human Rights legislation; and the Seasonal Workers Scheme for agricultural workers.