End Poor Leadership, Human Rights Violation To Save Young People Running For Slavery In UAE-UN Boss Guterres

End Poor Leadership, Human Rights Violation To Save Young People Running For Slavery In UAE-UN Boss Guterres

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By Spy Uganda Correspondent

In a message for the  International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, commemorated every 2 December,   Secretary-General António Guterres said that global protests as a result of poor leadership and human rights violations have brought renewed attention to a “legacy of injustices all over the world whose roots lie in the dark history of colonialism and slavery.”

“But slavery is not simply a matter of history.”

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Globally, more than 40 million people are still victims of contemporary slavery, including about 25 million in forced labour and about 15 million in forced marriage, according to UN estimates. One in four victims are children, and women and girls account for 71 per cent of the victims.

Inequality ‘Further Reinforces’ Discrimination 

“Poor and marginalized groups, in particular racial and ethnic minorities, indigenous peoples and migrants, are disproportionally affected by contemporary forms of slavery,” Mr. Guterres said.

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“Gender inequality further reinforces patterns of discrimination,” he added.

Slavery manifests itself through descent-based servitude, forced labour, child labour, domestic servitude, forced marriage, debt bondage, trafficking in persons for the purpose of exploitation, including sexual exploitation, and the forced recruitment of children in armed conflict.

‘Flagrant Violations’ Of Human Rights  

The UN chief urged all sections of the society to strengthen their collective efforts to end the abhorrent practices.

“I call for support to identify, protect and empower victims and survivors, including by contributing to the UN Voluntary Trust Fund on Contemporary Forms of Slavery,” he added.

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The Secretary-General further recalled the Durban Declaration and Programme  for a comprehensive action-oriented document that proposes concrete measures to combat racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance adding  that slavery and the slave trade are crimes against humanity, and should have always been so.

“This milestone document defines slavery and slavery-like practices as flagrant violations of human rights and poor leadership … we cannot accept these violations in the twenty-first century,” Mr Guterres stressed.

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The International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, commemorated each year on 2 December, marks the date of the adoption of the UN Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others. The Convention entered into force in 1951.

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