Submission to the Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery
15 March 2021
The Commonwealth 8.7 Network and CHRI submitted a joint response to the Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery’s call for inputs on the nexus between forced displacement and contemporary forms of slavery. The statement included input from 5 Network members representing Australia, Canada, Nigeria and Vanuatu. The response was published on the OHCHR website and will go on to inform the Special Rapporteur’s thematic report that will be presented at the 48th Regular Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council. The response addresses how the marginalisation and lack of protection afforded to displaced persons increases their vulnerability to contemporary forms of slavery. It also notes the employment challenges faced by displaced persons and how this increases their risk of exploitation. The response also highlights the heightened risk of displaced children and adolescents, particularly those who are unaccompanied.
Together we can work to eradicate contemporary forms of slavery and human trafficking.
We can stop the exploitation of those who are most vulnerable, demand that governments take action and are held to account on their obligations, and give hope to both victims and survivors of modern slavery.
Your donation can help support those who are on the front lines.
As the Secretariat to the Commonwealth 8.7 Network, CHRI is raising funds to support the Network to achieve its goals. Your donation will go towards:
Delivering capacity building webinars for our network members to strengthen knowledge and skills
Building a database of resources to help our members in their fight to eradicate contemporary forms of slavery, particular in this time of COVID-19
Maintaining communications platforms that bring our members together to share information, good practice and strategies
Amplifying the voices of our network members at the UN and CHOGM* to ensure international standards and policies are relevant and reflect ground realities
Supporting our network members to raise funds to continue their work on the frontlines
"The Commonwealth 8.7 Network has helped me get connected to many other anti-human trafficking organisations working to combat this human wrong. Being a part of this initiative, I see our work gaining ground in our country and the world at large."
Awah Francisca Mbuli, Survivors' Network (Cameroon)
* Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting