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28 Sept 2017- Statement by H.E. Mr. Alhabib at the High-level meeting of the General Assembly on the Appraisal of the United Nations Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons

Statement by H.E. Mr. Alhabib, Deputy Permanent Representative

of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nation

at the High-level meeting of the General Assembly on the Appraisal of the

United Nations Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons 

(28 September 2017)

بسم الله الرحمن الرحیم

Mr. President,

I would like to commend the distinguished Permanent Representatives of Qatar and Belgium for facilitating the negotiations on the Political Declaration.

The Islamic Republic of Iran is committed to prevent and fight any manifestation of human trafficking and reiterates its resolution to take all necessary measures to counter this horrible crime. To this end, the Law on Combating Human Trafficking was adopted by the parliament 2004 and has been revised to fill the gaps and strengthen the domestic legal regime.

We are of the view that prevention of trafficking, protection of victims, prosecution of traffickers and partnership at the global level will remain the four pillars of a comprehensive approach in combating trafficking in persons and implementation of the Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons.

 

In the global fight against trafficking in persons, it is essential to address all interrelated root causes that make people vulnerable to trafficking. Millions of people, women and girls as well as young men and boys have fallen prey to exploitation and trafficking due to poverty and unemployment. In the meantime, foreign interventions and armed conflicts have seriously aggravated their vulnerability to trafficking. Interventionist and destabilizing policies around the world particularly in Africa and the Middle East have served as breeding ground for criminal networks to engage into trafficking of people who are in the most vulnerable situations.   

 

Trafficking in persons follows the principle of demand and supply. The supply side cannot be stopped as long as uncontained demand for forced labor, prostitution or removal of organs exists.

 

There is an urgent need to scale up the international cooperation, including capacity building as well as technical assistance, especially for developing countries to improve their ability to combat trafficking in persons. We also support joint measures by Member States including through regional and sub-regional initiatives that will intensify implementation of the Global Plan of Action.

 

In fact, the complex synergy that exists between trafficking in person and certain organized crimes such as drug trafficking and smuggling of migrants requires better information sharing, technical assistance and enhanced capacity-building for law enforcement and justice departments.

 

Meanwhile, education and awareness-raising on human trafficking should form an integral part of our policies in countries of origin, transit and destination. People who knowingly or inadvertently use the services provided by trafficked persons are in as much need of training as those who are at the risk of being trafficked. 

 

Mr. President,

 

We reaffirm the central role of the work of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in the global fight against trafficking in persons. UNODC has a significant role in promoting the partnership pillar of the global campaign against trafficking in persons. We regard it as a partnership in support of prevention, protection and prosecution in a balanced and comprehensive manner.  

 

In conclusion, I would like to underscore the importance of availability of impartial and reliable data on trafficking in persons at different levels. Member States whose destructive foreign policy options have left millions of peoples at the risk of exploitation and trafficking, have no moral authority to produce politicized reports to label others while fail to address their own responsibilities. While questioning their competency and integrity, we recognize the work of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in authoring the biennial Global Report on Trafficking in Persons as a follow up to the Global Plan of Action.

 

I thank you.

 


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