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

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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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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World faith leaders to declare their commitment towards the eradication of modern slavery by 2020

World faith leaders to declare their commitment towards the eradication of modern slavery by 2020

  • Faith leaders join their efforts to eradicate modern slavery and human trafficking by 2020
  • For the first time in history the leaders of the Christian Catholic, Anglican and Orthodox, as well as Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish and Muslim faiths, jointly commit to one common endeavour against slavery
  • On the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery they are gathering in Rome to sign a common declaration

Vatican City, Monday, 1 December 2014 – On 2 December 2014 the Global Freedom Network (GFN) will bring together faith leaders forming a historic initiative to eradicate modern slavery by 2020 throughout our world and for all time.

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The Global Freedom Network is a faith based global network with a vision and purpose to eradicate modern slavery and human trafficking by 2020 throughout our world and for all time.

We will work together to make ours the last generation that has to fight the trade in human lives.