‘Vile’ crime of human trafficking feeds on inequality and instability: UN chief
Human trafficking is a “vile crime” that “feeds on inequalities, instability and conflict”, said UN chief António Guterres on Monday, marking the World Day against Trafficking in Persons.
He said that the UN was committed to advancing action to bring traffickers to justice while protecting and supporting their victims across the world.
He noted that in their proposed Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration to be adopted in December, Member States have demonstrated resolve to prevent, combat and put a stop to human trafficking of people who are on the move.
Close to 30 per cent of identified victims of trafficking are children, according to data from the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF.
More details from UN Deputy Spokesperson, Farhan Haq.
“While human trafficking is often viewed as an underground activity linked to irregular migration, this is not often the case. In the past decade, nearly 80 per cent of journeys taken by victims trafficked internationally cross through official border points, such as airports and land border control points.”
Key elections in Mali pass off in ‘a peaceful manner’, despite some violence and voter intimidation: UN Peacekeeping
The first round of presidential elections in Mali passed off in a mostly peaceful manner on Sunday, according to the UN Department for Peacekeeping Operations.
The UN Stabilization Mission in the country, MINUSMA, provided extensive support to the national election process and the Administration of current President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, who is running for a second term.
Mali has been wracked by chronic instability, especially in the central and northern areas where extremist rebels and other armed groups have made the country the deadliest place to be a UN peacekeeper.
UN Deputy Spokesperson Farhan Haq, has more details.
“It is hoped that the vote tally will be held in a transparent manner leading to results acceptable by all. However, a number of violent incidents and other difficulties prevented voting from taking place in 644 of 4,632 polling stations in the north and centre of the country, according to the Government.
“In addition, our peacekeeping mission in the country, MINUSMA, reports that yesterday afternoon, unidentified armed men launched 10 mortar shells against the MINUSMA camp in Aguelhok, Kidal Region.”
Brazil police who shot dead teenage boy must face ‘impartial investigation’ – UN expert
Brazilian police who are responsible for the death of a teenage boy following a raid on a slum in Rio de Janeiro must face “prompt, thorough, independent and impartial investigations”.
That’s the strong call from the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Agnes Callamard.
The 14-year-old schoolboy, Marcos Vinicius da Silva, was shot and later died after a security operation during which a police helicopter strafed the densely populated Maré favela complex in Brazil’s second largest city, with gunfire.
“The Brazilian authorities must ensure that those responsible are brought to justice, and that full reparation, including compensation, is made to the child’s family, as appropriate,” said Ms. Callamard.
She also expressed concerns over paramilitary-style policing operations overall in Brazil, especially those involving the use of fatal force.
The human rights expert further urged the Government to ensure that relevant national legislation is in line with international human rights law and standards, and to restrict the use of firearms.