UNITED NATIONS INVITATION FOR BRENDAN O’HARA TO AMBASSADOR’S CEREMONY

NADIA MURAD TO BE NEW UN HUMAN TRAFFICKING AMBASSADORimage

The SNP Defence spokesperson Brendan O’Hara MP is at the United Nations in New York today (Friday) to attend the appointment ceremony of Nadia Murad as a new United Nations Goodwill Ambassador.

Nadia is to be the UN Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking – a richly deserved recognition for the work she has done on the plight of the Yazidi people against Daesh.2f7e53a100000578-0-image-a-42_1450472764690

She was herself kidnapped and trafficked by Daesh and survived to tell the tale.

Brendan O’Hara invited Nadia to Westminster earlier this year to give her a platform here to explain some of the horrific activities of Daesh – against the Yazidi. He will be at the ceremony at the express invitation of the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Permanent Mission of the United States to the UN.

Brendan O’Hara commented ahead of the ceremony:

‘’It is a huge honour to have been invited here today. Nadia’s appointment as a Goodwill Ambassador is a tribute to all the work she has done to raise the cause of the Yazidi people. Nadia’s story against so many odds has been nothing short of an inspiration. When I invited her to come to Westminster she was so passionate and anyone who was in the room to hear her speak – was deeply moved.

‘’We all came away with a greater understanding the full horrors of the way Daesh operate when Nadia told us about the kidnapping – trafficking and abuse of women – and the climate of terror and fear Daesh use to control people under their twisted control.

‘’Her new role as a Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking is a tribute to all the work she has done. It is the first time a survivor of such atrocities has been given such a role by the UN.

‘’Through her own unimaginable hell she has been given an amazing opportunity to help others who still face the awful plight of trafficking.’’

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