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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

ECPM Resolution on Human Trafficking

A resolution on Human Trafficking has been endorsed by ECPM members during the 16th General Assembly of ECPM on the 11th of May 2018.

Human trafficking is a major modern challenge for human dignity and today’s human trafficking is stronger than ever. From a Christian perspective, human trafficking attacks the very core of human dignity. Human beings are created in the image and likeness of God, and as such they have intrinsic value and have the right to be respected. ECPM therefore urges its members to lead the effort to fight all forms of trafficking, not just by pushing for legislation which criminalizes this behavior, but by standing up for social change on both the European and local level. Lastly, ECPM also calls upon the European Commission to combat human trafficking by all possible means and to cooperate with all relevant organizations to achieve this goal.

On the 11th of May 2018 during the ECPM General Assembly in Bratislava, Slovakia, Board Member Gabriela Urbanova presented this resolution on behalf of ECPM's youth organization ECPYouth. The ECPM members have voted in favour of this resolution unanimously. The full text of the resolution is available below this article.

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Resolution on 'Human Trafficking'
Tabled by ECPYouth

The General Assembly of ECPM, gathered on the 11th of May in Bratislava,

Considering that human trafficking is a major modern challenge for human dignity and today’s human trafficking is stronger than ever.

Considering that from a Christian perspective human trafficking attacks the very core of human dignity, because human beings are created in the image and likeness of God, and as such they have intrinsic value and have the right to be respected.

Referring to article 1 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union in which it is stated that ‘human dignity is inviolable and therefore must be respected and protected. Human dignity at the same time is a fundamental human right and the basis and source of deriving rights and freedoms.’

Referring to the core values of ECPM which includes ‘fighting human trafficking’.

Considering that human trafficking is a cross-border crime and that combating human trafficking requires International and European cooperation.

Urges its members to lead the effort to fight all forms of trafficking, not just by pushing for legislation which criminalizes this behavior, but by standing up for social change on both the European and local level.

Calls upon the European Commission to combat human trafficking by all possible means and to cooperate with all relevant organizations to achieve this goal.