Addressing the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, a Vatican representative said the protection of rights and human dignity is not exclusive to the wealthy but also to the most vulnerable, especially victims of human trafficking.
“The common good demands that access to justice, political representation, and the recognition of the dignity of others are not the privilege of the rich, but rather should be accessible especially to the weak and vulnerable,” said Mgr Joseph Grech, representative of the Vatican’s permanent mission to the international organisations in Vienna.
“All people should enjoy the same universally recognised human rights and fundamental freedoms,” Mgr Grech told participants of the 20th Alliance Against Trafficking in Persons Conference in Vienna.
Mgr Grech was among participants representing 57 countries present at a late-July conference, ‘Ending Impunity: Delivering Justice Through Prosecuting Trafficking in Human Beings’.
The OSCE website said the conference’s theme ‘acknowledges that while many countries have legislation and action plans to combat human trafficking, impunity remains widespread across the world and in the OSCE region’.
Picture: Activists take part in a ‘Walk for Freedom’ in 2018 to protest human trafficking in Berlin. A Vatican representative said the protection of rights and human dignity is not exclusive to the wealthy but also to the most vulnerable, especially victims of human trafficking. (CNS photo/Fabrizio Bensch, Reuters).