This Sunday 16 October 2016 is Freedom Sunday, “a global day of worship, prayer and action on human trafficking,” organised by STOP THE TRAFFIK.
From STOP THE TRAFFIK:
WHAT ARE FREEDOM DAYS?
At the close of 2014 a number of world faith leaders including Argentine Rabbi Dr Abraham Skorka, Pope Francis, Archbishop Welby, Iraqi Grand Ayatollah Mohammad Taqi al-Modarresi and Zen Master Bhikkhuni Thich Nu Chan Khong signed an historic declaration aimed at tackling human tra cking and modern slavery. It stated that everyone is born with dignity and freedom, and anything that injured that was an “abhorrent crime against humanity”.
For many years Christian faith groups have been marking Freedom Sunday or Saturday (depending on their worship day) on the Sunday or Saturday closest to 18 October, which is Anti-Trafficking Day. Now we have produced a resource and offer an invitation to Jewish faith communities to join together to raise awareness of the crime of human trafficking and show the world our compassion for men, women and children who are trafficked and exploited around the world.
As the world’s faith communities we must demonstrate a united and tangible response against human trafficking. This heinous crime must not be tolerated. Through Freedom Shabbat and Freedom Sunday, faith communities are invited to make commitments to take action to prevent the crime of human trafficking in our local and global communities. We plan to expand this movement to include other faith groups.
For more information on Freedom Sunday/Freedom Days and how you can get involved, and to download the free resource for Freedom Sunday, head to www.stopthetraffik.com.au/freedomsunday or www.stopthetraffik.org/campaign/freedomsunday.
United Nations: Fighting Human Trafficking in Conflict
An estimated 45.8 million people live in modern slavery. The International Labour Organization estimates that global profits from forced labour surpass US$150 billion per annum, suggesting that slavery, forced labour and human trafficking are more profitable than the global arms trade. Today, non-state armed groups like Da’esh/Islamic State and Boko Haram actively promote slavery both as a means to finance themselves and as a method of war.
With the UN Security Council about to receive a report from the Secretary-General on Trafficking in Persons in Conflict, there is a unique opening for action on this issue. This new report, Fighting Human Trafficking in Conflict: 10 Ideas for Action by the United Nations Security Council, reviews the tools available to the UN Security Council and member states and suggests 10 ideas for action, providing concrete steps for the UN Security Council and its partners to take to sever the link between conflict and slavery.
– United Nations, Fighting Human Trafficking in Conflict
Read the report at: www.unu.edu/fighting-human-trafficking-in-conflict