Queen Supports Replicating Modern Slavery Act across Commonwealth

| Wednesday October 11, 2017

The Queen has asked lawmakers to replicate the 2015 Modern Slavery Act in the 52 Commonwealth nations. The Guardian reports:

“Although her intervention is non-binding, it raises the profile of modern slavery, encourages Commonwealth nations’ existing efforts to tackle it, and provides a mechanism by which leaders can be held accountable for pledges they make. The next Commonwealth heads of government meeting, which takes place in the UK in April 2018, is devoted to enhancing efforts to ‘eradicate forced labour, modern slavery, human trafficking and the worst forms of child labour.”

Human trafficking, forced labor, and forced child marriage are problems across all Commonwealth countries, ranging from sex trafficking in Nigeria to bonded labor in Pakistan. Furthermore, the Commonwealth secretariat reports that 43% of women in the Commonwealth were married before their eighteenth birthday. According to NGO Anti-Slavery International, child marriage becomes slavery when a child is “coerced into a marriage, cannot leave it, and is subject to control and a sense of ‘ownership’ that includes forced labour or non-consensual sexual relations.”

Patricia Scotland, Commonwealth secretary general, added that there was a “real movement” to fight modern slavery and that the secretariat was working with countries to create model laws and strategies for implementation. However, critics pointed to the difficulty in changing attitudes in conservative areas of Commonwealth countries where it is commonplace for young girls to be married off by their parents.

The Modern Slavery Act consolidated existing laws in the UK and put in place an anti-slavery commissioner to help police both detect and prosecute offenders. Supporter of the Act, Ian McColl further suggested that combatting slavery goes hand in hand with strengthening democracy in the Commonwealth because “Slavery undermines democracy – slaves have no voice.”

To read the entire article, click here https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2017/oct/11/queen-calls-for-modern-slavery-act-to-be-replicated-in-commonwealth-nations

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29 Comments on "Queen Supports Replicating Modern Slavery Act across Commonwealth"

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Jon
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The headline belies the story! “Replicate” means to reproduce it, or institute again. I think the intent was “repudiate.” Terrible mistake of use of the English language.

guest
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No, the “Modern Slavery Act” is a piece of legislation. It exists in some places but not in all countries of the commonwealth. Therefore, it is being “replicated”; each country is getting its own copy of this legislation.

Shanti
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“The Modern Slavery Act consolidated existing laws in the UK and put in place an anti-slavery commissioner to help police both detect and prosecute offenders.” – therefore replicate is the correct word – i.e: to instigate the same Act in all member countries of the Commonwealth.

Heidi
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I agree it sounded alarming at first, but it’s just the fact that the Act itself (like so many Acts) is named misleadingly — it should have been called the ‘Anti-Modern Slavery Act’. Have another read of the last paragraph above. (“The Modern Slavery Act consolidated …”)

Janet Rizvi
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Jon, you haven’t read the headline carefully. HM surely repudiates modern slavery, that’s why she’d like the (UK’s) Modern Slavery ACT to be replicated in every Commonwealth country.

Roderick Brown
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When the Queen suggest’s it is wise indeed to accede, also it is plain good manners !

Jadejaded
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What a big travesty coming ftom one already proven and convicted, but not held accountable, in child kidnapping, trafficking and murder.

Janet Hudgins
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Why has this taken so long, why has this institution been watching its members develop this atrocity for all of its existence, and why isn’t it called to account for omission?

sue butler
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I couldn’t agree more

ACohen
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I agree with the Queen 100%. This is great that she is doing this.

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