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International Day for the Abolition of Slavery – Friday 2 December 2016

Child slavery in modern world “can no longer be tolerated” – UN experts say

GENEVA (30 November 2016) – The abuse and exploitation of children as modern-day slaves cannot continue to be tolerated, two United Nations human rights experts have warned in a statement ahead of the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery on Friday 2 December.  

Slavery’s devastating effects must be fought by steps including rehabilitation and better education, and by making sure children know about their rights, according to the chair of the UN Voluntary Fund on contemporary forms of slavery, Ms. Nevena Vučković-Šahović, and the UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery, Ms. Urmila Bhoola. Their statement says:

“Millions of people around the world, many of them children, remain trapped in situations of servitude and contemporary slavery.  Figures from the International Labour Organization (ILO) suggest that almost 21 million people are victims of forced labour, the closest estimate available to us of those impacted by contemporary forms of slavery.

Secretary-General of the United Nations Message

INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE ABOLITION OF SLAVERY
2 December 2016

The International Day for the Abolition of Slavery calls upon us to remember victims around the world and to reflect on progress towards the elimination of all contemporary forms of slavery, such as forced labour, the worst forms of child labour, forced and servile marriage, bonded labour and human trafficking.

This year’s observance coincides with the 90th anniversary of the 1926 Slavery Convention, and the 60th anniversary of the 1956 Supplementary Convention on the Abolition of Slavery, the Slave trade and Institutions and Practices similar to slavery.