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We're delighted to join our partners in the win! The UN is taking action to secure justice for victims of modern slavery in conflict.
Finally, after impressive efforts in the pursuit of justice, especially by our partner Yazda and Nadia Murad, strengthened by more than three years campaigning and 287,451 actions from Freedom United supporters, the UN Security Council has passed resolution 2379. This paves the way for securing justice for victims of modern slavery and crimes against humanity, perpetrated by ISIS in Iraq.
Yazda and Nadia Murad have sent us this message:
"We thank each and every one of the many thousands of Freedom United supporters who joined this effort. Knowing we had your support gave us strength."
We launched our first campaign back in August 2014. We could not ignore the horrors experienced by the minority Yazidi population following the fall of Mosul in Iraq. Our campaign called for ISIS to be held accountable for modern slavery, including forced marriage and sexual slavery, in Iraq. Seeing the dire lack of protection for those in conflict zones, in December 2015, we launched a second campaign calling for the creation of a UN special representative to tackle slavery in conflict, collecting 185,010 signatures.
Since then we’ve climbed lots of steps to reach our goal:
- The first ever UN debate on slavery in conflict at the Security Council
- We handed in 89,254 signatures to the President of the UN Security Council
- We brought together 2,837 people on social media, reaching 1,374,341 to raise awareness and build support for the UN Security Council debate
- Over 20 supporters joined us in New York and watched the UN Security Council unanimously pass resolution 2331 calling for member states to take action
- Nadia Murad and our partner Yazda addressed the UN Security Council
Resolution 2379, tabled by the UK, was passed unanimously last Thursday. It calls on the UN Secretary-General to establish an Investigative Team, headed by a Special Adviser, to support efforts to hold ISIS to account in Iraq.
Even when success is slow to achieve, our partners don’t give up and neither should we.
Joanna, Miriam, Kat and the whole Freedom United team