Eliminate Gender Violence

The United Nations 16 days of activism begins on 25th November and was declared to pay tribute to three sisters, Patria, Minerva, and Maria Teresa Mirabal, as well as global recognition of gender violence. Patria, Minerva, and Maria Teresa were born and educated in the Dominican Republic. All three sisters and their husbands were constantly…

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UNODC Global Report

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Global Report on Trafficking in Persons 2020 is now available. The report presents a global picture of the patterns and flows of trafficking as well as detailed regional analyses and country profiles. Covering 148 countries the report is based primarily on trafficking cases detected between 2016…

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Eliminating child Labour

The United Nations has proclaimed 2021 as the International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour. Many countries have committed to working towards the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Target 8.7 of this agenda is a commitment to end child labour in all its forms by 2025. While child labour has decreased by 38% in…

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Twenty Years of Palermo

November 15, 2020 marks twenty years since the Palermo Protocol – Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children was adopted by a resolution of the United Nations General Assembly. This protocol is the first global legally binding instrument with an agreed definition on trafficking in persons. In addition the protocol aimed at…

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Trafficking in Women and Girls

During the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, the UN Secretary General, António Guterres, submitted a report entitled Trafficking in Women and Girls. The report noted that it is now 25 years since the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action where Governments called for the removal of systematic and structural barriers that prevent…

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Stop Trafficking!

The latest issue of Stop Trafficking! looks at the ways in which colour has been used to highlight human trafficking issues. Articles include the United Nations Blue Heart Campaign, Why Pinwheels for Prevention, Purple Rose Campaign, Red Spots that Help Spot Potential Human Trafficking Victims and Human Trafficking not all Black and White. Download the…

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World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

“On this World Day against Trafficking in Persons, let us reaffirm our commitment to stop criminals from ruthlessly exploiting people for profit and to help victims rebuild their lives.” UN Secretary-General António Guterres The World Day Against Trafficking in Person is held each year on 30th July. Every country in the world is affect by the crime of…

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Determined to End Slavery

Australia’s Foreign Minister, Senator Marise Payne, spoke of Australia’s determination to end modern slavery at the Stepping Up Action to End Forced Labour, Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking event at the United Nations in New York. Senator Payne commented on Australia’s history of working domestically and internationally to end human trafficking and slavery. At the…

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Workers on the Move: the Quest for Social Justice

World Social Justice Day The United Nations General Assembly recognizes that social development and social justice are indispensable for the achievement and maintenance of peace and security within and among nations and that it cannot be attained in the absence of respect for all human rights and fundamental freedoms. On 26 November 2007, the General…

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Confront the Roots of Slavery

Holy See Intervention During Security Council Open Debate On November 21 H. E. Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations, gave an intervention during Security Council Open Debate on “Maintenance of International Peace and Security: Trafficking in Persons in Conflict Situations.” He called on the international community to work towards…

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Contemporary Slavery – Causes and Consequences

UN Special Rapporteur Reports to Human Rights Council Urmila Bhoola, UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery, has presented her report to the thirty-sixth session of the UN Human Rights Council. In the report she comments on the challenges and obstacles encountered by persons subjected to contemporary forms of slavery to access justice and remedies. She…

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UNODC Trafficking In Persons Report 2016

Global Report on Trafficking in Persons The United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime has released the 2016 Global Report on Trafficking in Persons. In the preface to this report Yury Fedotov, Executive Director of United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime(UNODC) wrote: “Perhaps the most worrying development is that the movement of refugees and migrants, the largest seen since…

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