According to UN human rights experts, it is unacceptable for anyone to escape punishment in the Epstein case.
The legal records uncover a disturbing inventory of purported offenses committed by Mr. Epstein, such as assault, exploitation, assault with intent to commit rape, human trafficking, enslavement, cruelty, and the abduction of females and minors against their will.
In August 2019, Mr. Epstein passed away after prison guards in New York discovered him unconscious in his cell while awaiting trial.
On Friday, Special Rapporteurs Reem Alsalem and Mama Fatima Singhateh expressed serious alarm about the widespread group of young victims and survivors who were enticed into the “twisted realm” of Mr. Epstein and his co-conspirator Ghislaine Maxwell, who is currently in jail. The rapporteurs also noted their troubling ability to act without consequences for an extended period of time.
They stated that the actions taken by law enforcement and the judicial system in handling this case will establish a significant standard for future situations. It will either convey the message that acts of violence against women and children will not be tolerated, or solidify the idea that those in positions of power and influence will be protected from facing consequences for their actions.
into the alarming rise in police brutality
Demand urgent inquiries into the concerning increase in cases of excessive force by law enforcement.
According to reports from the media, over 150 individuals who have ties to or are mentioned in legal cases associated with Epstein and his group are included in the publicly released documents.
Several individuals listed are only briefly mentioned or included due to their involvement in legal cases. Their presence does not imply any wrongdoing on their part.
Due to the nature of the illegal actions and ongoing investigations on a global scale, the human rights specialists have advised law enforcement to guarantee thorough, prompt, and open investigations and to promptly conduct judicial proceedings.
They stated that anyone who may have been involved in, or assisted with, these atrocious acts of violence against women and children, such as paying for sex and acting as a pimp, must face consequences and be held accountable.
Tribute to victims
The Human Rights Council-appointed experts recognized the bravery of victims and survivors who have spoken out despite potential dangers. They emphasized the importance of safeguarding their privacy to avoid additional stigmatization and trauma.
The significance of safeguarding witnesses and victims, along with providing thorough and transformative reparations focused on the victim and survivor, was emphasized in order to protect them from potential further harm.
Ms. Alsalem and Ms. Singhateh made a strong statement, stating that instances such as Mr. Epstein’s highlight the ongoing inability of the global community to stop the mistreatment and mistreatment of women and children.
They stated that immediate action must be taken to address this issue, including being proactive and taking responsibility, which is often overlooked.
Death and conviction
In July of 2019, Mr. Epstein was apprehended by United States authorities for sex trafficking, despite having made a plea bargain in 2008 that resulted in a 13-month imprisonment on a work release program for the solicitation and procurement of a minor. According to various sources, this agreement, known as a non-prosecution agreement, allowed him to avoid a potential life sentence.
In July 2020, Ms. Maxwell, a citizen of Britain, was accused of committing sexual offenses. She was found guilty in December 2021 and received a 20-year prison sentence in June 2022.
The Special Rapporteurs
Ms. Alsalem and Ms. Singhateh are independent experts who, along with working groups appointed by the Human Rights Council, observe and report on a designated country or issue related to women and girls’ violence, its origins, and its impacts.
They work in their personal role, are not employed by the UN, and do not receive a payment.