Nadia Murad Basee Taha appointed UNODC Goodwill Ambassador

Sep 17, 2016 10:06 IST

Nadia Murad Basee Taha, who survived trafficking at the hands of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), on 16 September 2016, was appointed the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking.

The appointment marks the first time a survivor of atrocities is bestowed with this distinction.

The induction ceremony took place in the United Nations Trusteeship Council Chamber in the New York United Nations Headquarters.

During her Ambassadorship, Murad will focus on advocacy initiatives and raise awareness around the plight of the countless victims of trafficking in persons, especially refugees, women and girls.

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Who is Nadia Murad Basee Taha?

Murad is a 23-year-old Yazidi woman who was kidnapped and held by the Islamic State in August 2014.

She briefed the Security Council in the first-ever session on human trafficking, which was held during the presidency of the United States on 16 December 2015.

She described being rounded up with fellow Yazidis in Iraq in 2014 and witnessing as ISIL fighters shot men and boys in cold blood.

She was subject to grave abuses at the hands of ISIL fighters and was bought and sold various times.

She was recently named one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People of 2016.

On 5 January 2016, the Iraqi government nominated her for the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize for her activism.

On 15 September 2016, she was nominated for the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought.

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