Thursday, March 08, 2007

Human trafficking serious global challenge: Sundh
Representative of the Office of the High Commission for Human Rights, Nepal (OHCHR-Nepal) Lena Sundh on Wednesday said that addressing the connection between trafficking, migration, human rights and social exclusion is a critical issue.
Speaking at the first national gathering of Shakti Samuha, an organisation of survivors of human trafficking, Sundh added, "It is not a coincidence that those who are the victims of the worst forms of trafficking and other human rights violations also belong to the most socially excluded and discriminated groups. While this may be quite obvious, exactly how this process works is complicated. And certainly, strategies to tackle these problems can be neither simplistic nor straightforward."
Shakti Samuha organised its first national gathering on Wednesday in Kathmandu to mark the 97th International Women's Day.
The Kathmandu-based NGO, established in 1996, became the first organisation in the world created by trafficking survivors. Shakti Samuha focuses on preventing trafficking of members of vulnerable groups, particularly adolescent girls, providing services for trafficking survivors, and ensuring that their human rights are respected.
Stating that human trafficking is one of the serious global challenges, Sundh said trafficking represents the denial of the rights that enable us to enjoy life with dignity, including the right to mobility, freedom from violence and abuse, security, health, education, family life and a decent livelihood.
More than 120 women from across Nepal attended the conference, including some who had to travel for two or three days, on foot and by hitching rides, because of transportation strikes.
Stressing on two fundamental principles Sundh said, "First, human rights must be at the core of any credible anti-trafficking strategy and second, all stakeholders must work from the perspective of victims of trafficking and those who are vulnerable to it."

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