RELIGIOUS LEADERS DO NOT AND WILL NEVER TOLERATE SLAVERY IN THE EYES OF THEIR GOD

Buenos Aires, Argentina

The IV Global Conference on the Sustained Eradication of Child Labour was the place of the fifth signing of the Joint Declaration of Religious Leaders Against Modern Slavery. Ten faith leaders, representing almost 90 percent of the entire Argentine population, gathered together on 16th of November 2017 to declare the end of slavery in their communities. In an event supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Worship and Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security, religious leaders were joined by a number of international leaders from governments, international organisations, civil society organisations and businesses.

In a ceremonial act, a Joint Declaration of Religious Leaders against Modern Slavery was signed by:

  • Monsignor Oscar Vicente Ojea, Bishop of San Isidro and President of the Conferencia Episcopal Argentina (Catholic)
  • Grand Rabbi Sacca, Grand Rabbi of the Sephardi Community in Argentina and Rabbi Gabriel Davidovich (Jewish)
  • Grand Rabbi of AMIA and of the Ashkenazi Jewis Community (Jewish)
  • Sheij Abdelnaby Elfhefnawy, Imam of all the Muslims of Argentina (Muslim)
  • Monsignor Kissag Mouradian, Archbishop for Argentina and Chile of the Armenian Orthodox Churc (Orthodox)
  • Tarasios, Archbishop of the Greek Orthodox Church in Argentina and Exarch of South America (Orthodox)
  • Pastor Ruben Proietti, President of ACIERA and the Latin American Evangelical Churches Association (Evangelical)
  • Pastor Daniel Favaro, Secretary General of the Iglesia Metodista Evangélica Argentina (Evangelical)
  • Lama Sangye Dorje: Tibetan Buddhism, most respected Buddhist leader in Argentina (Budhist)
  • Angraj Singh, Religious leader of the Sikh community in Argentina in the absence of Ram Krishan Singh Khalsa who will be on a pilgrimage (Sikh)
  • Reverend Michael Wilkie, Representative of Reverend Gregory Venables, Bishop Primate of the South American Province of the Anglican Church (Anglican)

In 2017, the Government of Argentina established a National Action Plan to combat trafficking and gender-based violence. Also, it was one of the few countries in the region with a national action plan targeting some form of modern slavery, which also had an independent body to monitor its implementation. More recently, Argentina made significant progress to eliminate the worst forms of child labour.