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UN rights expert urges Belgium to boost fight against modern slavery

Despite its comprehensive approach to tackling modern forms of slavery, the Government of Belgium must further sharpen its focus on proper victim detection and identification, a United Nations independent expert declared today.

On Day to Abolish Slavery, UN urges end to modern-day scourge trapping 21 million

Today, 21 million women, men and children worldwide are trapped in slavery, denied the right to live and ultimately work in freedom, dignity and equality, the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) has spotlighted on this International Day for the Abolition of Slavery.

UN officials urge concerted action to eradicate modern forms of slavery

Top United Nations officials marked the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery today with a call for concerted action to eradicate the contemporary forms of this heinous practice.

‘Ark of Return’: Telling the stories of 15 million slaves in a UN permanent memorial

A Manhattan-based architect of Haitian descent was today announced as the winner of an international competition to design a memorial that will be permanently on display at United Nations Headquarters in New York to honour victims of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade.

On International Day, UNESCO urges greater efforts to raise awareness about history of slave trade

Marking the anniversary of the first successful slave uprising in the Western hemisphere, the head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said today that telling the story of the slave trade was a crucial way to pay tribute to the freedom fighters and “honour their contributions to the affirmation of human rights.”

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.