IOM UN Office New York Director Ashraf El Nour Statement at 7847th Security Council Meeting: Human Trafficking in Conflict Situations

Published Date: 
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Ashraf El Nour

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Photo : IOM 2016 / Lanna Walsh




Director of the IOM Mission to the United Nations in New York


Ministerial Open Debate on “Trafficking in Person in Conflict Situations”

New York ● 20 DECEMBER 2016

The full webcast is available here (Director Ashraf Statement begins at 1:06 min mark following Austria)

Thank you, Mr. President,

I’m pleased to take the floor on behalf of the International Organization for Migration (IOM)

I would like to start by thanking Spain and the Security Council for convening this Ministerial Open Debate on “Trafficking in Person in Conflict Situations”. The international community has increasingly focused on the topic of human trafficking in the last decade. However, the crime of human trafficking, which results in clear human rights violations remains largely overlooked in emergency situations by both governmental and non-governmental actors.

In my brief intervention I would like to address the question of how we can work together to confront human trafficking in conflict, on how to better implement robust victim identification mechanisms and how humanitarian action can effectively support victims of human trafficking.

Research on this topic has consistently found evidence that emergency situations exacerbate pre-existing risks to human trafficking and create additional ones that are specific to the crisis setting. Human trafficking in conflict situations is often a consequence of the erosion of the rule of law, desperation of individuals further to the disruption of economic activities, or the potential intrusion by criminal networks in refugee and IDP camps.

We need to collectively understand that counter-trafficking efforts in emergencies are a matter of life and death. Employing counter trafficking measures in crises settings help prevent individuals from falling victim to highly exploitative practices that can seriously impair their physical or psychological wellbeing or unfortunately in too many cases be fatal.

In this regard the IOM, in close cooperation with its humanitarian partners has consistently been working on the issue of human trafficking and exploitation in crisis settings, and has already integrated the protection and assistance of crisis-affected victims of trafficking into humanitarian responses as life-saving measures. The IOM has further made extensive use of its Displacement Tracking Matrix, DTM tool to assess the exposure to trafficking along migratory routes and to measure the risk to trafficking for actual and potential victims in camps and crisis-affected communities.

Mr. President, the IOM strongly supports the Council’s efforts to eliminate human trafficking in conflict and hopes that the Council will take into account the humanitarian dimension of crisis-induced human trafficking.

IOM stands willing to support the Council in this regard.

Thank you