NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 21 – On the backdrop of the horrific images of African migrants sold as “goods” in Libya, the UN Security Council today unanimously adopted a resolution tabled by Italy as a concrete step forward in preventing and countering the scourge of human trafficking. “Today’s open debate confirms the consistent commitment of this Council to effectively address the issue of trafficking in persons and the serious violations of human rights related to it”, said the Italian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Enzo Amendola, who chaired the meeting, addressing the Council in his national capacity.
Italy is in the on the front line to combat modern slavery, “as we do on a daily basis in the Mediterranean, while prioritizing the protection of human rights”, Amendola said, underlining that today’s vote on a text which gathered 56 co-sponsors reaffirms the paramount importance of aligning national legislations to the international legal framework set by the Palermo Convention and other relevant international instruments. It also moves forward by emphasizing the urgency for Member States to strengthen identification, registration, protection and assistance for forcibly displaced persons falling prey of trafficking. “Timely detection of routes and victims is key to effectively counter this plight while addressing the specific needs of the most vulnerable, especially women and children, who make up the vast majority of the victims of trafficking”, Amendola said.
Ahead of the vote the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, as well as the head of UNODC, Yuri Fedotov, and UN expert on human trafficking, Maria Grazia Giammarinaro, addressed the Council. “Slavery and other such egregious abuses of human rights have no place in the 21st Century,” said Guterres, whose comprehensive approach to make the UN system’s action more effective and coherent was endorsed by the resolution which in turn opens the way to further discussions on the role of UN peacekeeping and special political missions in supporting the host State efforts to prevent and combat trafficking in persons.
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