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United Nations: end slavery in conflict

Protest in Brussels against attacks of Islamic State in Iraq © Anadolu Agency / Getty Images



6 January 2016: Following an historic debate, UN Security Council Resolution 2331 was passed unanimously on 20 December (view photos here). The Resolution calls on member states to prevent, investigate and prosecute perpetrators of trafficking and slavery in conflict situations and calls for better protection measures. In light of the appointment of a new UN Secretary General, we continue to call for the appointment of a dedicated UN representative to take forward this work.

Over three thousand women and girls have been forced into sexual slavery by ISIS during the conflict in Iraq and Syria.1 But the horror doesn’t end there — men, women, boys and girls all over the world have been forced into slavery during conflict.

Randa, a 16 year old girl was abducted by ISIS along with her heavily-pregnant mother from northern Iraq. Forced into slavery Randa was taken and raped by a man twice her age.2

Esther Ruth Atim was kidnapped from Uganda when she was 9 years old by the Lord’s Resistance Army, a Christian militia. “Rape was on a daily basis. I was raped so I couldn’t even move … like a normal (person) … I could only move like a jumping frog.”3

Last December the UN Security Council took the first steps towards ending slavery in conflict as some members acknowledged ISIS’s use of slavery as a war crime.

We must continue to push the Security Council to protect survivors of slavery and prosecute those responsible for war crimes.

Swift action could prevent human trafficking and sexual slavery in conflicts all over the world now and forever.

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