Ban underlines need for end to human trafficking
KABUL (Pajhwok): The UN chief has urged the international community to do more to end the inhumane practice of human trafficking and protect migrants and refugees from exploitation.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Friday asked all nations to recognise their responsibility in combating the global scourge.“All over the world, tens of millions of people are desperately seeking refuge, many of them far from home and even farther from safety.”
In a statement, Ban noted migrants and refugees faced physical obstacles and bureaucratic barriers. They were also vulnerable to human rights violations and exploitation by human traffickers,he said in a message to mark the World Day against Trafficking in Persons.
“We must govern migration in a safe and rights-based way, create sufficient and accessible pathways for the entry of migrants and refugees, and ultimately tackle the root causes of the conflicts – extreme poverty, environmental degradation and other crises which force people across borders, seas and deserts,” he added.
Ban noted such issues would be central to the UN Summit on refugees and migrants, to be held in New York on September 19. The meeting aimsto win renewed commitment to intensified efforts to combat smuggling of migrants and refugees, ensure protection and assistance for the victims.
“I call on every nation to recognise our shared responsibility. As a first step, we need a strong legal basis for action. I encourage all states to adopt and implement the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and its protocol on human trafficking …” he said.
In 2013, the UN General Assembly designated July 30 as the World Day to “raise awareness of the situation of victims of human trafficking and for the promotion and protection of their rights.”
He said human traffickers preyed on the most desperate and vulnerable. To end the inhumane practice, “we must do more to shield migrants and refugees -- and particularly young people, women and children -- from those who would exploit their yearnings for a better, safer and more dignified future,” he added.
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