Belarus Marked the First Ever World Day against Trafficking in Persons

On July 30 two thematic films within the World Day against Trafficking in Persons were screened in Pobeda cinema. It was organized by the Office of the United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator in Belarus and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus.

On July 30 two thematic films within the World Day against Trafficking in Persons were screened in Pobeda cinema.

The screening is a joint event organized by the Office of the United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator in Belarus and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus.

The film Sisters (Sestre) directed by the Serbian director Vladimir Paskaljevic to be shown at 17:00 on July 30 tells a dramatic story about two sisters from Krusevac, Serbia, who went to Italy looking for work only to become victims of human trafficking by an organized crime group.

The film Human Trafficking directed by Christian Duguay to be shown at 19:00 on July 30 under the auspices of the US Embassy in the Republic of Belarus narrates about the investigation of the cases of disappearance of young women who went missing in various countries. Despite the different causes of disappearance the fate of all the women is the same – they become slaves. The film Human Trafficking was nominated for the Golden Globe and Emmy Awards in 2006.

UN Resident Coordinator in Belarus Sanaka Samarasinha, IOM Minsk Chief of Mission Zeynal Hajiyev, US Chargé d'Affaires to Belarus Scott Roland and a representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs gave their welcome addresses to the audience before the screening.

To raise the awareness about the situation of the victims of human trafficking, to promote and to protect their rights in December 2013 the UN General Assembly adopted Resolution 68/192 Improving the coordination of efforts against trafficking in persons. The authors of the Resolution declared July 30 to be the World Day against Trafficking in Persons which will be marked each year starting from 2014.