modern slavery

Governments urged to protect poor against modern slavery, step up development financing

Unless governments act now, millions of the world’s most vulnerable people could be pushed into contemporary forms of slavery and other exploitation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a UN independent human rights expert has said. 

 

News in Brief 9 September 2020

  • Yemen war crimes fears highlighted
  • WFP welcomes $50 million Yemen boost
  • Mali must end slavery: UN rights experts
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UN rights expert urges States to step-up anti-slavery efforts to protect most vulnerable during COVID-19 

A UN human rights expert urged governments on Tuesday to increase protection for those millions of workers, who due to the COVID-19 pandemic, risk being pushed into exploitative jobs that are tantamount to 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.