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ONE VOICE TO
END MODERN SLAVERY

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An estimated 40.3 million people are in slavery worldwide.

We are a modern abolitionist movement

In every country around the world, people are working for little or no pay, controlled by threats, debt, and violence. We call it by many names, but it amounts to the same thing: modern slavery. Slavery is illegal everywhere, but it continues to thrive because so many of us:
Don’t understand it • Don’t want to think about it • Don’t know how to change it
That’s where we come in. By joining Freedom United, you become part of the solution. We’ve proven time and time again: the collective voice can make a difference. So get started – and welcome to the movement!

Our Impact

Qatar and the ILO to work together to protect worker rights

November 2017
On 8 November, the Governing body of the ILO decided not to move forward with establishing an independent commission to investigate forced labor and the exploitation of migrant workers in Qatar, ahead of the 2022 World Cup. A three-year technical cooperation programme has been developed through which the ILO and the Government of Qatar will work together to ensure that labor practices in the country are in line with international labor standards. The Government of Qatar has also committed to work with the ILO to ensure the protection and promotion of migrant worker’s rights, and to replace the kafala system with contractual employment.
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Head of the Commonwealth supports modern slavery laws

October 2017
Queen Elizabeth II, Head of the Commonwealth, reportedly expressed her support for modern slavery laws similar to the UK's 2015 Modern Slavery Act to be adopted in all 52 Commonwealth countries in order to be better able to tackle modern slavery and human trafficking. This reported explicit support from the Queen as Head of the Commonwealth is a positive step forward to ensuring that an anti-slavery mandate is pursued at CHOGM 2018.
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UN Addresses Slavery in Conflict

September 2017
The UN Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2379 which calls on the UN Secretary-General to establish an Investigative Team, headed by a Special Adviser, to support efforts to hold ISIS to account in Iraq. 287,451 Freedom United petition signatures supported efforts to secure justice for victims of slavery in conflict.
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Lebanon repeals 'marry your rapist' law

August 2017
Building on momentum in the region, our campaign supported national efforts to repeal ‘marry your rapist’ laws that allowed perpetrators to escape punishment. Article 522 of the Penal Code was repealed by Parliament but our work continues to repeal Articles 505 and 518 to help end forced marriage.
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