UN / CONFLICT TRAFFICKING

20-Dec-2016 00:02:43
Highlighting the plight of victims of human trafficking, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underlined the need to ensure justice for victims and accountability for perpetrators, as well as to address underlying factors by focusing on human rights and stability. UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / CONFLICT TRAFFICKING
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DATELINE: 20 DECEMBER 2016, NEW YORK CITY
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RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations headquarters

20 DECEMBER 2016, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. Pan left, vote
4. Wide shot, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressing Council
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Trafficking is a global problem, but the most vulnerable people are those caught in conflict, women; children, internally displaced persons and refugees. War provides oxygen to terrorist groups. It gives them space to flourish. ISIL, Boko Haram, Al Shabaab and others are using trafficking and sexual violence as a weapon of terror, and an important source of revenue.”
6. Med shot, activists Nadia Murad Basee Taha and Ameena Saeed Hasan
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The problem of trafficking is international in nature and only an international response can succeed. The UN is bringing together governments, other organizations and civil society groups. I call for increased support to UN entities that are confronting the problem of trafficking.”
8. Wide shot, Council
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Yuri Fedotov, Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime:
“Trafficking victims have been detected in 106 different countries and territories around the world. Building effective action thus requires a strong framework of international cooperation as well as shared responsibility.”
10. Med shot, Murad Basee Taha and Saeed Hasan
11. Wide shot, Murad Basee Taha addressing Council
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Nadia Murad Basee Taha, Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking:
“Action is needed. But I don't know what more it will take to move you. I don't understand how there is no court that can prosecute the perpetrators of the crimes against Yazidis, or an independent body to investigate them. I don't understand why the corpses of my murdered mother, and brothers, still lie in mass graves, unprotected and unexamined.”
13. Wide shot, Council
14. Wide shot, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy walks up to the stakeout podium
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Mariano Rajoy, Prime Minister, Spain:
“Today’s debate produced a tangible result, a resolution, the first in history of this kind, representing a fundamental step in the efforts of the international community to put an end to these inhuman practices.”
11. Pan right, Rajoy walks away
STORYLINE
Highlighting the plight of victims of human trafficking, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underlined today (20 Dec) the need to ensure justice for victims and accountability for perpetrators, as well as to address underlying factors by focusing on human rights and stability.

Ban told the Council “trafficking is a global problem, but the most vulnerable people are those caught in conflict, women; children, internally displaced persons and refugees.”

He said “war provides oxygen to terrorist groups” and “gives them space to flourish.”

ISIL, Boko Haram, Al Shabaab and others, he added, “are using trafficking and sexual violence as a weapon of terror, and an important source of revenue.”

The Secretary-General stressed that “the problem of trafficking is international in nature and only an international response can succeed” and called “for increased support to UN entities that are confronting the problem of trafficking.”

Also briefing the Council, Yury Fedotov, the Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), said “trafficking victims have been detected in 106 different countries and territories around the world. Building effective action thus requires a strong framework of international cooperation as well as shared responsibility.”

Nadia Murad Basee Taha, a young Iraqi Yezidi woman who was abducted into slavery by ISIS and is now a Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking, said “action is needed. But I don't know what more it will take to move you. I don't understand how there is no court that can prosecute the perpetrators of the crimes against Yazidis, or an independent body to investigate them. I don't understand why the corpses of my murdered mother, and brothers, still lie in mass graves, unprotected and unexamined.”

Outside the Council, the Prime Minister of Spain, Mariano Rajoy, who presided the Council’s session, said “today’s debate produced a tangible result, a resolution, the first in history of this kind, representing a fundamental step in the efforts of the international community to put an end to these inhuman practices.”

As an outcome of the meeting the Council adopted a consensus resolution, recognizing the various complexities and challenges of trafficking, in which it called on all UN Member States to take “decisive and immediate action” to prevent, criminalize, investigate, prosecute and ensure accountability of those who engage in trafficking in persons, including in the context of armed conflict.
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