Madagascar must combat poverty to eradicate slavery, UN independent expert urges

A United Nations independent expert today called on the Government of Madagascar to take “urgent measures” in its fight against poverty, adding that poverty was the driving factor in the island nation’s slavery epidemic.

Ahead of international day marking slavery’s abolition, UN officials warn of ‘new’ forms of bondage

The 21st century has seen the rise of new forms of slavery, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned today in a message to mark the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, in which he also urged Member States to increase their efforts in the fight against the dehumanizing scourge.

Kazakhstan risks losing gains in slavery fight, warns UN human rights expert

A new law which complicates the process for labourers to acquire work permits in Kazakhstan risks reversing recent gains made by the Central Asian country in its fight against slavery, a United Nations human rights expert warned today.

On international day for remembrance, UNESCO chief calls for reflection on slavery

Marking the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition, the head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today called for reflection on the transformation brought about by the slave trade to the world, and urged countries to protect their citizens against racism and forced labour.

General Assembly President pays tribute to those who rebelled against slavery

The President of the General Assembly Nassir, Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, today paid tribute to the courage of the men and women who rebelled against the cruelty of slavery, adding that the world must continue to reaffirm its commitment to preventing servitude.

Comprehensive approach needed to combat modern day slavery, says top UN official

A comprehensive approach through laws, education and international cooperation is needed to end modern-day slavery, the President of the General Assembly, Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, said today.