slavery

Scourge of slavery still claims 40 million victims worldwide, ‘must serve as a wakeup call’

Incidents of modern-day slavery are “only likely to increase” as a result of some of biggest challenges facing the world today, a UN expert outlined in a report for the Human Rights Council in Geneva on Monday.

Slave trade remembrance ‘concerns all humanity’

The history of the global slave trade “concerns all humanity” as it impacts on modern societies, according to the Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences at the UN cultural organization, UNESCO. Nada Al-Nashif was speaking to UN News ahead of The International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition, celebrated annually on 23 August. Twenty-five years ago, UNESCO launched the ‘Slave Route Project: Resistance, Liberty, Heritage’, a landmark initiative that helped break the silence surrounding the slave trade and slavery. Ana Carmo began by asking Nada Al-Nashif about the impact of the project.

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Creativity works as ‘catalyst’ to overcome slavery: artist Christopher Cozier

Since before the era of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, the arts have been used to confront slavery. Highlighting the importance of creativity as a force for change in societies where people were viewed first and foremost as property,  Christopher Cozier highlights the “self-worth process” that led slaves to become full citizens. 

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Remembering slave trade offers chance to raise awareness, ‘oppose all forms of modern slavery’ – UNESCO

On this 20th anniversary of the International Day for Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition, the United Nations is inviting the world to reflect on the legacy of slavery and remember to guard against racial prejudices, which continue to fuel everyday discrimination against people of African descent.

“Collective responsibility” key to end migrant slavery

World leaders have a “collective responsibility” to stop human trafficking and modern slavery, the UN chief told members of the Security Council on Tuesday.

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News in Brief 20 November 2017 (PM)

UN chief “horrified” by reports of alleged slavery of migrants in Libya

The UN Secretary-General is calling for an investigation into reports of alleged slavery of migrant workers in Libya.

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Podcast: Surviving sexual slavery - Grizelda’s story

How do you overcome years of sexual slavery, despite scars which will always remain?

Grizelda Grootboom knows the answer, and in September, she joined the Secretary-General at the UN’s main podium, to tell her story.

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Modern slavery: the “dark underbelly” of globalization

No country is “immune” from the scourge of modern slavery and the path that many of its victims take “can often by very similar”.

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Tackling child exploitation online focus of event at UN Headquarters

Governments must allocate more resources towards stamping out online child pornography and child sexual exploitation, issues that affect all countries worldwide.

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Make human trafficking “a real priority” urges UN chief

The scourge of human trafficking needs to become “a real priority for international cooperation,” the UN Secretary-General urged on Wednesday.

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