World religious leaders signed joint declaration to end modern slavery

Dec 3, 2014 18:25 IST

The world religious leaders gathered and signed a joint declaration against modern slavery. The declaration was signed during the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery on 2 December 2014 in Vatican City.  

Representatives of Anglican, Orthodox, Jewish, Shia and Sunni Muslim, Hindu and Buddhist gathered at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences in Vatican and signed the declaration.

During the meeting, the Pope Francis addressed all the religious leaders that slavery is an absurd evil and a crime against humanity.

The declaration commits all the leaders and their communities to work together for the freedom of all people and to eradicate the terrible scourge of modern slavery in all its forms.  

Besides, all religious leaders declared that modern slavery, in terms of human trafficking, forced labor and prostitution, and organ trafficking, is a crime against humanity.

Background
In November 2014, Walk Free Foundation released Global Slavery Index and announced that almost 36 million people around the globe are trapped in modern-day slavery.  It also revealed that India, China, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, and Russia are ranked high on the modern slavery list.

According to index, slavery was defined as controlling or possessing people in such a manner that their freedom is deprived with the intention of exploiting them for profit or sex, usually by violence, coercion, or deception.

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