UN chief urges countries to ratify legal treaties to fight slavery

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today marked the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery by urging States to bring into force all the legal instruments necessary to eradicate the scourge.

UN launches global action plan to combat scourge of human trafficking

The United Nations today launched a global action plan to combat human trafficking, with senior UN officials urging that governments worldwide take coordinated and consistent measures to try to defeat the scourge.

Brazil: UN rights expert urges stepped up efforts to fight slavery

An independent United Nations human rights expert has called urged Brazil to strengthen efforts to close loopholes perpetuating the practice of slavery, including forced labour in the vast South American nation's rural areas.

Today’s slavery practices must be eradicated, Secretary-General says

Slavery and slavery-like practices still continue in many parts of the world, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned today, calling for renewed international commitment to ensure that all forms of slavery are finally eradicated.

Child labour impeding development in Ecuador, says UN rights expert

Despite the commitment shown by Ecuador to eliminate child labour, the scourge remains a major obstacle to the country’s development efforts, said an independent United Nations human rights expert.