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Urge all 52 Commonwealth countries to commit to ending modern slavery


We have a groundbreaking opportunity to encourage one of the largest intergovernmental associations in the world to take up the cause of modern slaveryand we need you to get involved.

The Commonwealth is a union of 52 countries around the world and is home to 2.2 billion people.1 While a third of the world’s population are Commonwealth citizens, according to the Global Slavery Index a staggering 55% of those currently enslaved reside in Commonwealth countries.2 This means that the Commonwealth is in a unique position to help significantly reduce slavery in the world.

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So far, the Commonwealth has not made a formal commitment to ending modern slavery. However, if it adopts a position, it will commit to putting time and resources towards tackling this problem. The Commonwealth Secretariat – the governing body coordinating efforts – would provide technical support and expert guidance to help member states develop effective responses and legislation. Therefore, this would be a huge step forward.

So how do we make this happen? In spring 2018, the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) will take place in the UK. At this conference, the Heads of each country decide on a mandate of issues to work on in union. This moment is our chance to shape the agenda and ensure modern slavery is prioritised.

Decisions on which topics are included in the next CHOGM start long before the conference itself. We’re working with our partner, the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI), to do this – but we need your help too. By showing the Commonwealth strong public support on ending modern slavery, we can persuade them to take up the cause.

Join our campaign and urge the Secretary-General and the 52 Heads of Government of the Commonwealth to promote the inclusion of modern slavery in CHOGM 2018.

Campaign updates

October 2017: Queen Elizabeth II, Head of the Commonwealth, is reported to support all 52 Commonwealth countries passing modern slavery legislation in order to effectively tackle modern slavery and human trafficking. Read the full story here.

March 2017: Prime Minister Muscat of Malta, the current Chair-in-Office of the Commonwealth, shared this statement on modern slavery with us.

13 March 2017: To celebrate Commonwealth Day,  Freedom United supporters sent 6,325 messages to the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth asking her to make ending modern slavery a priority for the Commonwealth. Thank you to everyone who took part!

January 2016: Parliamentarians from across the Commonwealth attended a Commonwealth Conference on Human Rights, hosted by our partner, CHRI UK. Following the conference, this outcome statement, which includes the importance of tackling modern slavery, was issued.

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Anne Bliss

Please take this opportunity to commit to ending slavery.

catrina jennings


1834 The Abolition Act abolishes slavery throughout the British Empire, the bill emancipates slaves in all British colonies.

In what way is this ambiguous?

Oliver Aaron Guenoun

Status confirmed: I have: read, approved-of, supported, signed, and shared this cause, campaign, and petition. Also, I have edited the petitioning-letter and sent to the required recipient. O:-|


Google and Facebook should not be enable sexual slavery and sexual tourism.

Christine Clarke

Surely, surely in 2017 we have progressed more than remaining silent over this issue. Each person has value… each life matters… please, please respond to this urgent cry…


Call on the Prime Minister of Malaysia to support an anti-slavery agenda at CHOGM 2018

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To Mr. Najib Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia,

I urge you to support the adoption of an anti-slavery mandate at CHOGM 2018 and to encourage other Commonwealth countries to do the same.

A third of the world’s population are Commonwealth citizens and according to the Global Slavery Index (GSI) a staggering 55% of those currently enslaved reside in Commonwealth countries. In Malaysia alone, the GSI estimates that over 128,000 individuals are trapped in modern slavery. This means that the Commonwealth is in a unique position to help significantly reduce slavery in the world. By adopting an anti-slavery mandate at the next CHOGM, the Commonwealth can dedicate resources and efforts to tackling this atrocity.

As a future Chair-in-Office, you are in a prominent position to promote an anti-slavery initiative within the Commonwealth. The current Chair-in-Office, the Prime Minister of Malta, and the upcoming Chair-in-Office, the British Prime Minister, have both publicly stated the importance of driving forward measures against modern slavery. With your support, we can make this a reality.

Freedom United and the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative have launched a petition calling for an anti-slavery mandate at CHOGM with over 50,000 signatures already. Please show your support and speak out against modern slavery.

Yours sincerely,


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Call on the Prime Minister of Malaysia to support an anti-slavery agenda at CHOGM 2018

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Our partners in this campaign:

Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative

The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) is an independent, non-partisan, international non-governmental organisation, mandated to ensure the practical realisation of human rights in the countries of the Commonwealth.

CHRI's objectives are to promote awareness of and adherence to the Harare Commonwealth Declaration, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and other internationally recognised human rights instruments, as well as domestic instruments supporting human rights in Commonwealth member states.

Rotarian Action Group Against Slavery

The Rotarian Action Group Against Slavery (RAGAS) is an independent action arm in the family of Rotary International. The Group’s aim are two-fold: to raise awareness of slavery and human trafficking and to take action to protect people against slavery and its consequences. RAGAS looks to provide information about, and promote ways for its members to engage and support anti-slavery and human trafficking projects, programmes and campaigns.

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