Joint Declaration of Religious Leaders Against Modern Slavery

In Vatican City on 2 December 2014, faith leaders or their representatives each shared their views and commitment to ending modern slavery based on his or her own religious beliefs. The testimonials were powerful and inspirational and highlights the strong convictions made on the historic day.

His Holiness Pope Francis (Catholic)

“We call to action all people of faith, leaders, governments, businesses, all men and women of good will, to give their strong support and join in the action against modern slavery in all its forms.” Read More

Mohamed Ahmed El-Tayeb, Grand Imam of Al-Azhar (Muslim Sunni)

“All […] forms of slavery are deemed reprehensible in Islamic law and religious and human rights institutions, authorities and organizations must all work to abolish them and push countries to enact laws and legislations that deter the deprivation of freedoms.” Read More

Grand Ayatollah Mohammad Taqi al-Modarressi (Muslim Shia)

“I call for the heads of divine religions to take courageous initiatives to save humanity from the agony of poverty and deprivation, the suffering of preventable and treatable diseases, the horrid global arms race, environmental damage, as well as slavery in all its forms.” Read More

Grand Ayatollah Sheikh Basheer Hussain al Najafi (Muslim Shia)

“Contemporary slavery as it is unjust and unfair, it is considered a corrupted social phenomenon and a means to spread terror among the people, and what follows it of prostitution and trafficking in human organs is illegal and must be eliminated.” Read More

Her Holiness Mata Amritanandamayi “Amma” (Hindu)

“If we fail to do something effective against this injustice happening right in front of our eyes, it will constitute a travesty against future generations.” Read More

Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh “Thay” (Buddhist)

“When we have peace in ourselves, and clarity in our mind, we will be able to have compassion even for the traffickers themselves. We will be able to help wake them up, and touch the seed of compassion in their hearts. Our compassion can help them abandon their exploitation, and transform them into our friends and allies of our cause.” Read More

His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew (Orthodox)

“We would like to assure you that we stand with you in solidarity and commitment to eradicate modern expressions of slavery, which are a disgrace to God, a dishonour to humankind, and a degradation of all its innocent victims fashioned in the image and likeness of our heavenly Creator.”

Rabbi Dr Abraham Skorka (Jewish)

“The exploitation of women and children has been condemned since biblical times by Judaism… All forms of slavery are crimes against humanity.” Read More

The Most Revd and Right Hon Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury (Anglican)

“We gather to affirm a deep shared commitment for the liberation of those humiliated, abused and enslaved by their fellow-human beings. It is a challenge which must be undertaken in global partnership with others.” Read More

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