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03Dec 15

Media Coverage: Joint Declaration of Religious Leaders Against Modern Slavery Event

03Dec 15

Global Freedom Network takes global multi-faith fight against modern slavery to India

  • Eight national faith and spiritual leaders sign Declaration against Modern Slavery
  • All-faith call recognizes Modi Government’s initiatives against human trafficking, creation of national anti-trafficking body
  • Pledge to tackle modern slavery, including bonded labour, forced marriage, child labour & human trafficking
  • India has highest number of modern slaves, according to 2014 Global Slavery Index

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02Dec 14

World faith leaders signed Declaration to eradicate modern slavery

  • On the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery faith leaders have signed a joint declaration stating that modern slavery, in terms of human trafficking, forced labour and prostitution, organ trafficking, and any relationship that fails to respect the fundamental conviction that all people are equal and have the same freedom and dignity, is a crime against humanity and must be recognised as such by everyone and by all nations.
  • Common commitment to inspire spiritual and practical action by all world faiths and people of goodwill everywhere to eradicate modern slavery

Vatican City, Tuesday, 2 December 2014 – Today, on the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, the Global Freedom Network (GFN) has brought together leaders of the Christian Catholic, Anglican and Orthodox, as well as Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish and Muslim faiths who have jointly declared one common humanitarian endeavour: To eradicate modern slavery by 2020 throughout our world and for all time as a crime against humanity.
In a ceremonial act, a Joint

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When the Pope Met the Grand Ayatollah, History Was Made

Last week, with little fanfare and under heavy security, an historic meeting took place in Rome which marked a turning point in interfaith relations. Inside the 16th century Casina Pio IV villa, home to the Vatican's Pontifical Academy of Sciences... 

Nigel Baker: Britain and the Holy See stand together in defence of justice

Another priority for the visit was to address the issue of human trafficking. Baroness Anelay was able to meet the key players in the initiative led by the Vatican-based Global Freedom Network (GFN)  

White House Blog: Global Religious Leaders Issue Joint Call for Eradication of Modern Slavery

On December 2, the campaign to end human trafficking took a big step forward. Religious leaders from across the globe assembled at the Vatican on that day to sign a Joint Declaration of Religious Leaders Against Modern Slavery. 

End Human Slavery by 2020: Pope Francis, World Religious Leaders Commit to Freeing Millions of People 'In Chains'

Pope Francis and several of the world's leading religious leaders joined together in a pledge to end human slavery by 2020, focusing on the tens of millions of people "in chains" due to human trafficking and forced labor. 

Welby joins world faith leaders in pledge to end slavery

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, joined world Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist and Jewish leaders in Rome today to sign a historic declaration to end modern slavery. 

World's Faith Leaders Sign Up to Stamp Out Modern Slavery

An unprecedented gathering of religious leaders from all corners of the globe took place in the Vatican on Tuesday for the signing of a joint declaration against modern slavery. Pope Francis joined Anglican, Orthodox, Jewish, Shia and Sunni Muslim, Hindu  

Pope, world religious leaders, pledge to fight modern slavery

Pope Francis and Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist and Christian leaders pledged on Tuesday to use their religions to help stamp out modern slavery and human trafficking by 2020. 

Religious leaders sign joint declaration to eradicate slavery

Leaders of the world’s major religions came together at the Vatican on Tuesday to sign a common declaration condemning slavery and urging the world to action, and were addressed by Pope Francis. 

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