modern slavery

Speaking truth to power: the UN experts fighting for global human rights

Fearless. Plain-speaking. Critical. Courageous. Unflinching. Unfair. Biased. Manipulative. These are some of the adjectives used to describe the Human Rights Council experts who fan out across the world to research, hold consultations and gather information on a vast range of human rights violations.

News in Brief 18 October 2019

  • Amid ongoing fighting in north-east Syria, civilians continue to flee violence
  • Unprecedented flooding affects thousands of locals, refugees in South Sudan
  • Modern-day ‘farm slave’ rescue highlights pervasive human trafficking in Ukraine
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New UN data tool shows 'mismatch' between government aid and places modern slavery exists

A new interactive data tool created by the UN University Centre for Policy Research, which shows a mismatch between where modern slavery occurs, and where governments are spending resources to address it, could help make a positive impact on policy debates surrounding the issue.

Over 40 million people caught in modern slavery, 152 million in child labour – UN

More than 40 million people around the world were victims of modern slavery – forced labour and forced marriage – in 2016, a United Nations study has found, revealing the true scale of such practices that disproportionately affect women and girls.