Collective Advocacy

Joint Statement on the Report of the UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery on his mission to Sri Lanka

22 August 2022

The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) and the Foundation for Innovative Social Development (FISD), Secretariat and member of the Commonwealth 8.7 Network respectively, together with other civil society members of the National Action and Coordination Group to End Violence Against Children (NACG) in Sri Lanka, have prepared a joint response to the report of the Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery on his visit to Sri Lanka (A/HRC/51/26/Add.1). This statement is primarily based on information provided by Sri Lanka civil society organisations:  Blooming Bud Social Foundation, ChildFund Sri Lanka, FISD, OECRP, PMN, RAHAMA, SAFE Foundation, SAMADANA and World Vision Lanka.


The civil society statement welcomes the Special Rapporteur´s report, especially the inclusion of issues relating to children - including child labour - as a specific area of concern in Sri Lanka.  The statement outlines the vulnerabilities suffered by children in Sri Lanka to become victims of child labour, including school drop out and school closure as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The statement also notes other challenges in Sri Lanka, such as lack of information on public policies related to the eradication of child labour. Finally, the statement provides a series of recommendations to the government of Sri Lanka to address these challenges.

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.

Joint Submission, Contemporary Forms of Slavery in Sri Lanka - Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Slavery

29 April 2021

Joint Submission to the Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants’ for his report: ‘After one and half year: the impact of COVID-19 on the human rights of migrants’

21 June 2021

Submission to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on the Increased risks of contemporary forms of slavery for women and girls facing climate change-related disasters in Pacific Island Countries

16 July 2021