The International Day for the Abolition of Slavery – 2nd December 2014

Tomorrow, in honour of World Day for the Abolition of Slavery, many world faith leaders will be signing a declaration on ending modern slavery. The event will be held at the Vatican and Pope Francis will participate.

Here is the link to the webpage of the Global Freedom Network where you will find more information later on.  http://www.globalfreedomnetwork.org/

COATNET and Caritas Internationalis will be at the event as Catholic stakeholders as well.

The event will be streamed live and will be covered in several languages in different regions by CNN later tomorrow.

We hope you can watch it and promote it in your organization and your region. Please look for USCCB’s social media on the event on Twitter at  @MRSserves as well.

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“Mostly Nepalese are despised and we’re treated like slaves. Our passports were confiscated the day that we arrived. While working in the parching heat, workers fall unconscious on the spot.”1

Narayan is just one of the many migrant workers that has experienced terrible working conditions in Qatar. He is now back home in Nepal, but yesterday it was revealed that 35.8 million others remain trapped in modern slavery around the world.

How do we know this? Walk Free’s brand new Global Slavery Indexhas just been released and it’s making quite a stir — you may have already read a story about it in your local news.

For the first time governments are being scored on how they are responding to the challenge of modern slavery. It’s a mixed picture. While nearly every country has committed to eradicating slavery, every government around the world could also be doing more to put these commitments into action.

That’s where you come in.

Call on your government to go further in the fight against modern slavery by introducing tough new laws to end forced labour.

No one should experience what Narayan experienced; yet in factories, farms, mines, homes and elsewhere the forced work of millions of people is flourishing around the world. The good news is that just a few months ago a new global standard to tackle forced labour was introduced. This law can help prevent abuses, protect victims and punish those that force people to work in conditions of slavery.

Unfortunately not a single government around the world has adopted this law… yet.

35.8 million people are trapped in the hell of modern slavery. We know the scale of the problem we face — now it’s vital that we use this moment to demand real action from our politicians.

We can end forced labour — ask your government to adopt the strong new law to tackle this modern slavery now.

Once you have taken action, please take a moment to let three of your friends know that 35.8 million people are trapped in slavery right now and ask them to take action too.

In solidarity,

Mika, Sarah, Courtney, Jayde and the Walk Free team

P.S. You may be wondering — why has the total number of people trapped in slavery increased since the Global Slavery Index was released last year? Slavery by its very nature is hidden and incredibly difficult to measure and we’re always working on improving the way that we capture this information. This latest figure doesn’t necessarily mean that the numbers of people trapped in slavery has gone up, but it does reflect improved research around the world to arrive at the most accurate estimate to date. Head to www.globalslaveryindex.org to find out more.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3NElpB1_X4
http://www.globalslaveryindex.org/

Walk Free is a movement of people everywhere, fighting to end one of the world’s greatest evils: Modern slavery.

 

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Training
Can you spot slavery in your community?  Are you confident that you can recognise forced labour, servitude, deceptive recruiting and respond appropriately?  50 service practitioners were recently trained in Perth to “Identify & Respond to Slavery-like Conditions.” Thanks to Red Cross and AFP for their presentations and ACRATH for co-sponsoring the training.

 

AFP: Australian Federal Police; ACRATH: Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans

 

Updated: December 9, 2014 — 12:00 pm
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