Eradicate slavery in all its forms: PGAListen /
President of the United Nations General Assembly Dr. John Ashe has called on Member States to eradicate slavery in all its forms; to boost initiatives that promote social inclusion; and to end all forms of discrimination.
In a message on the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, Dr. Ashe urged the promotion and protection of the rights of those most vulnerable within our societies, and help to restore the dignity of victims of slavery.
The General Assembly president said slavery has been and continues to be perhaps the biggest human tragedy throughout history, noting that even when abolished, slavery leaves life-long emotional scars; can tear families apart and leave individuals unable or ill equipped to re-enter their communities.
According to Assembly President John Ashe, over 20 million persons are victims of modern day slavery and face daily struggles that you and I could never comprehend.
He said that each year, hundreds of thousands of men, women and children are kidnapped and sold into bondage across international borders. He said the inhumane activity of trafficking in persons continues to flourish owing to vast economic disparities between nations, increasing flows of labour and commodities across international borders, and transnational organized criminal networks.
Donn Bobb, United Nations.