The Universal Declaration of Human Rights #HumanRights #UN #1948

You Have A Right To ..... UN Declaration Of Human Rights - Poster

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was adopted by the UN General Assembly on 10 December 1948, was the result of the experience of the Second World War. With the end of that war, and the creation of the United Nations, the international community vowed never again to allow atrocities like those of that conflict t0 happen again.

PREAMBLE

Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world, Whereas disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind, and the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common people, Whereas it is essential, if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be protected by the rule of law, Whereas it is essential to promote the development of friendly relations between nations, Whereas the peoples of the United Nations have in the Charter reaffirmed their faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person and in the equal rights of men and women and have determined to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom, Whereas Member States have pledged themselves to achieve, in co-operation with the United Nations, the promotion of universal respect for and observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms, Whereas a common understanding of these rights and freedoms is of the greatest importance for the full realization of this pledge, Now, Therefore THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY proclaims THIS UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations, to the end that every individual and every organ of society, keeping this Declaration constantly in mind, shall strive by teaching and education to promote respect for these rights and freedoms and by progressive measures, national and international, to secure their universal and effective recognition and observance, both among the peoples of Member States themselves and among the peoples of territories under their jurisdiction.

Article 1 - Universal Declaration of Human Rights #PosterArticle 1.

  • All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

Article 2.

  • Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.

Article 3.

  • Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.

Article 4.

  • No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.

Article 5.

  • No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

Right to liberty and security of person.

Article 6.

  • Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law.

Article 7.

  • All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law. All are entitled to equal protection against any discrimination in violation of this Declaration and against any incitement to such discrimination.

Article 8.

  • Everyone has the right to an effective remedy by the competent national tribunals for acts violating the fundamental rights granted him by the constitution or by law.

Article 9.

  • No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.

Article 10.

  • Everyone is entitled in full equality to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal, in the determination of his rights and obligations and of any criminal charge against him.

Article 11.

  • (1) Everyone charged with a penal offence has the right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law in a public trial at which he has had all the guarantees necessary for his defence.
  • (2) No one shall be held guilty of any penal offence on account of any act or omission which did not constitute a penal offence, under national or international law, at the time when it was committed. Nor shall a heavier penalty be imposed than the one that was applicable at the time the penal offence was committed.

Article 12.

  • No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.

Article 13.

  • (1) Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state.
  • (2) Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country.

Everyone is entitled in full equality

Article 14.

  • (1) Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution.
  • (2) This right may not be invoked in the case of prosecutions genuinely arising from non-political crimes or from acts contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.

Article 15.

  • (1) Everyone has the right to a nationality.
  • (2) No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his nationality nor denied the right to change his nationality.

Article 16.

  • (1) Men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family. They are entitled to equal rights as to marriage, during marriage and at its dissolution.
  • (2) Marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending spouses.
  • (3) The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State.

Article 17.

  • (1) Everyone has the right to own property alone as well as in association with others.
  • (2) No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his property.

Article 18.

  • Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.

Article 19.

  • Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.

Freedom Of Opinion and Expression

Article 20.

  • (1) Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association.
  • (2) No one may be compelled to belong to an association.

Article 21.

  • (1) Everyone has the right to take part in the government of his country, directly or through freely chosen representatives.
  • (2) Everyone has the right of equal access to public service in his country.
  • (3) The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government; this will shall be expressed in periodic and genuine elections which shall be by universal and equal suffrage and shall be held by secret vote or by equivalent free voting procedures.

They are not gay rights, they are human rights.Article 22.

  • Everyone, as a member of society, has the right to social security and is entitled to realization, through national effort and international co-operation and in accordance with the organization and resources of each State, of the economic, social and cultural rights indispensable for his dignity and the free development of his personality.

Article 23.

  • (1) Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment.
  • (2) Everyone, without any discrimination, has the right to equal pay for equal work.
  • (3) Everyone who works has the right to just and favourable remuneration ensuring for himself and his family an existence worthy of human dignity, and supplemented, if necessary, by other means of social protection.
  • (4) Everyone has the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his interests.

Article 24.

  • Everyone has the right to rest and leisure, including reasonable limitation of working hours and periodic holidays with pay.

Indigenous RightsArticle 25.

  • (1) Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.
  • (2) Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection.

Article 26.

  • (1) Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit.
  • (2) Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups, and shall further the activities of the United Nations for the maintenance of peace.
  • (3) Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.

Article 27.

  • (1) Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits.
  • (2) Everyone has the right to the protection of the moral and material interests resulting from any scientific, literary or artistic production of which he is the author.

Article 28.

  • Everyone is entitled to a social and international order in which the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration can be fully realized.

Defend equality - Love UnitesArticle 29

  • (1) Everyone has duties to the community in which alone the free and full development of his personality is possible.
  • (2) In the exercise of his rights and freedoms, everyone shall be subject only to such limitations as are determined by law solely for the purpose of securing due recognition and respect for the rights and freedoms of others and of meeting the just requirements of morality, public order and the general welfare in a democratic society.
  • (3) These rights and freedoms may in no case be exercised contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.

Article 30.

  • Nothing in this Declaration may be interpreted as implying for any State, group or person any right to engage in any activity or to perform any act aimed at the destruction of any of the rights and freedoms set forth herein.

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In 1950, on the second anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, students at the UN International Nursery School in New York viewed a poster of the historic document.   After adopting it on December 10, 1948, the UN General Assembly had called upon all Member States to publicize the text of the Declaration and “to cause it to be disseminated, displayed, read and expounded principally in schools and other educational institutions, without distinction based on the political status of countries or territories.”

Every Human Has Rights

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UN Announces New Sustainable Development Network led by @JeffDSachs to help solve global problems #MDG #SDSN @earthinstitute

9 August 2012

Prof.  Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute and Special Advisor to the Secretary‐General on the Millenium Development Goals, to lead new  Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN)

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today launched a new independent global network of research centres, universities and technical institutions to help find solutions for some of the world’s most pressing environmental, social and economic problems.
The Sustainable Development Solutions Network will work with stakeholders including business, civil society, UN agencies and other international organizations to identify and share the best pathways to achieve sustainable development.This initiative is part of the work undertaken in response to the mandate on post-2015 and the outcome of UN Conference on Sustainable Development , which took place in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, in June. (Rio+20)
The Solutions Network will be directed by Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs, director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University and Special Advisor to Secretary-General Ban on the global anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals. It will operate in close coordination with the High-level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda.
“The post-2015 objectives will help the world to focus on the vital challenges of sustainable development and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network will be an innovative way to draw upon worldwide expertise in the campuses, universities, scientific research centres and business technology divisions around the world,” Mr. Ban said.
The High-level Panel will advise on the global development agenda beyond 2015, the target date for achieving the MDGs, and it will hold its first meeting at the end of September, in the margins of the annual high-level debate of the General Assembly. It is expected to submit its findings to the Secretary-General in the first half of 2013, and those findings will inform his report to Member States.
The eight MDGs, agreed on by world leaders at a UN summit in 2000, set specific targets on poverty alleviation, education, gender equality, child and maternal health, environmental stability, HIV/AIDS reduction, and a ‘Global Partnership for Development.’
According to the news release, given that politics around the world too often focuses on short-term issues while governments often lack the timely information needed for long-term sustainable-development strategies, it is essential that scientists and technology experts outside of government support the development of long-term analyses, demonstration programmes and development pathways.
The SDSN is expected to provide an independent global, open and inclusive process to support and scale up problem-solving at local, national and global levels.“In the 20 years since the first Rio Earth Summit, the world has largely failed to address some of the most serious environmental and social problems pressing in on us,” Mr. Sachs said. “We can’t afford business as usual. We need to engage the academic and scientific community, and tap into worldwide technological know-how in the private sector and civil society, in order to develop and implement practical solutions.”

Substantial emphasis will be placed on collaboration across countries to analyze common problems and learn from each other’s experiences. The network will accelerate joint learning and help to overcome the compartmentalization of technical and policy work by promoting integrated “systems” approaches to addressing the complex economic, social and environmental challenges confronting governments.

UN News Centre 


Rio+20 Legacy: Sec-Gen Ban Ki-moon’s #ZeroHungerChallenge for a future without hunger! @zerohungerchall

From the UN News Centre: Rio+20: Secretary-General challenges nations to achieve ‘zero hunger’

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched the ‘Zero Hunger Challenge’ at Rio+20, where all countries were invited to work for a future where every individual has adequate nutrition and where all food systems are resilient.

“In a world of plenty, no one – not a single person – should go hungry,” Mr. Ban said during the launch of the initiative at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Thursday night. “I invite all of you to join me in working for a future without hunger.”

“Zero hunger would boost economic growth, reduce poverty and safeguard the environment. It would foster peace and stability,” Mr. Ban added, calling on farmers, business people, scientists, civil society and consumers to join the challenge by honouring past promises and work together to put an end to hunger.

Rio+20 has delivered a pretty good text for farmers; now it’s up to governments

Rio+20 has delivered a pretty good text for farmers; now it’s up to governments and agencies to act on these words, and put into place the financial commitments and practical policies that can truly deliver. Photo: N. Palmer (CIAT)
by Vanessa Meadu

The ‘Zero Hunger Challenge’ has five main objectives: to achieve 100 per cent access to adequate food all year round; to end malnutrition in pregnancy and early childhood; to make all food systems sustainable; to increase growth in the productivity and income of smallholders, particularly women; and to achieve a zero rate of food waste.

Inspiration for the initiative came from work being carried out by many countries and organizations to end hunger, including Brazil.

The ‘Zero Hunger Challenge’ is supported by UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), World Food Programme (WFP), UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Bank and Bioversity International.

“Big problems call for bold goals. The Zero Hunger Challenge can help us mobilize political commitment, the first step to eradicate hunger,” said FAO’s Director-General, José Graziano da Silva, said at a high-level meeting in Rio de Janeiro today. “This is a personal challenge from the Secretary-General, but one that all of us should answer, as individuals and collectively. FAO embraces this challenge of a Zero Hunger World.

More than 40,000 people – including heads of State and government, parliamentarians, mayors, UN officials, business and civil society leaders – are attending Rio+20, which ends on Friday. It seeks to shape new policies to promote global prosperity, reduce poverty and advance social equity and environmental protection.

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Photo: IRIN/Siegfried Modola – UN News Centre

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“Give Me The Money That …” by Anti-Slaver Charles Sumner #quote #inspiration #EndHumanTrafficking #StopSlavery #taolife

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Give me the money that has been spent in war and I will clothe every man, woman, and child in an attire of which kings and queens will be proud. I will build a schoolhouse in every valley over the whole earth. I will crown every hillside with a place of worship consecrated to peace.”  Charles Sumner  1811-1874

Charles Sumner -Anti-Slaver 

Anti-Slaver
Charles Sumner

Charles Sumner, American politician and senator from Massachusetts, was the leader of the anti-slavery forces in Massachusetts and a leader of the Radical Republicans in the United States Senate during the American Civil War and Reconstruction.

As leader of the  Radical Republicans he sought to destroy slavery and radically transform the South, and worked to guarantee equal rights to the  Freedmen ( a freedmen was a former slave who had been released from slavery).

Sumner fought hard to provide equal civil and voting rights for the freedmen and devoted his enormous energy to the destruction of “Slave Power” and all attempts  and efforts of slave owners to take control of the federal government  to ensure the survival and expansion of slavery.  Sumner died while still in office at 63 years of age.

It was reported at the time of Sumner’s death, “Not since the death of Abraham Lincoln in 1865 had the nation grieved so deeply at the loss of one of its statesmen.”

From The Pen Of Charles Sumner  "Not since the death of Abraham Lincoln in 1865 had the nation grieved so deeply at the loss of one of its statesmen."

“From the beginning of our history the country has been afflicted with compromise. It is by compromise that human rights have been abandoned.”

“The age of chivalry has gone; the age of humanity has come.”

“No true and permanent fame can be found except in labors which promote the happiness if mankind.” 

Because we are still fighting slavery and human trafficking today,

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Below is a fairly exhaustive list of organisations and groups
working to put end to contemporary slavery, child slave labour, and human trafficking.

List of United Nations Agencies, Programmes, NGOs and Foundations working on Contemporary Forms of Slavery.

Amnesty International http://amnesty.org

Human Rights Watch www.hrw.org

Derechos Human Rights http://www.derechos.org

Front Line, The International Foundation for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders http://www.frontlinedefenders.org

Human Rights Internet http://www.hri.ca

Human Rights Network International database http://www.hrni.org

Human Rights Resource Center http://hrusa.org

Human Rights Web http://hrweb.org

New Internationalist http://www.newint.org

Anti-slavery www.antislavery.org

Anti-slavery society www.anti-slaverysociety.com

American Anti-Slavery Group (ASSG) www.iAbolish.org

Free the Slaves www.freetheslaves.net

Save a slave www.saveaslave.com

The Wyndham Charitable Trust http://uk.geocities.com/wyndham_ct

Polaris Project www.PolarisProject.org

Committee Against Modern Slavery http://www.esclavagemoderne.org

SOS Esclaves Mauritania www.sosesclaves.org

Slavery Footprint.org http://slaveryfootprint.org/

Trafficking and sexual slavery

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime: www.unodc.org

The Emancipation Network www.emancipationnetwork.org

Coalition against Trafficking in Women www.catwinternational.org

Project to end Human Trafficking www.endhumantrafficking.org

Humantrafficking.org www.humantrafficking.org

People Against Trafficking Humans http://www.orgsites.com/mi/people-against-trafficking-humans/

Ban-Ying (Germany) www.ban-ying.de

Bangladesh National Women Lawyer’s Association www.bnwla.org

Global Alliance Against Trafficking in Women www.gaatw.org

Global Rights, Initiative Against Trafficking in Persons www.globalrights.org/trafficking

Human Trafficking Search (National Multicultural Institute) www.humantraffickingsearch.net

International Organization for Migration, Prevention of Trafficking in Women in the Baltic States project www.refocusbaltic.net/en

La Strada International www.lastradainternational.org

Perm Center Against Violence and Human Trafficking (Russia) www.cavt.ru

Stop Albanian Slavery www.stopalbanianslavery.blogspot.com

The Barnaba Institute www.barnabainstitute.org

Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking www.castla.org

Bilateral Safety Corridor Coalition www.bsccoalition.org

Shared Hope International www.sharedhope.org

AFESIP www.afesip.org

Action to End Exploitation www.endexploitation.org

Protection Project www.protectionproject.org

Forced labour and migrant exploitation

International Labor Organisation www.ilo.org

International Labor Rights Fund www.laborrights.org

International Organization for Migration  www.iom.int

Kalayaan – Justice for migrant workers www.kalayaan.org.uk

Matahari Eye of the Day www.eyeoftheday.org

Global Workers Justice Alliance www.globalworkers.org

Human Rights for workers www.senser.com/index.htm

Irish Congress of Trade Unions www.ictu.ie

International Confederation of Free Trade Unions www.icftu.org

Sweatshopwatch www.sweatshopwatch.org

Trades Union Congress UK www.tuc.org.uk

Instituto Sindicale per la Cooperazione et lo Sviluppo www.iscos.cisl.it

Coalition of Labor Union Women www.cluw.org

International Organization of Employers www.ioe-emp.org

World Confederation of Labour http://www.ituc-csi.org

Children – forced labour and sexual slavery

UNICEF http://www.unicef.org

International Initiative to End Child Labor www.endchildlabor.org

ECPAT International (child prostitution and trafficking of children for sexual purposes) www.ecpat.net

Justice for Children International www.jfci.org

Save the children www.savethechildren.org

Child Labor Coalition www.stopchildlabor.org

World Tourism Organization – Task to Protect Children from Sexual Exploitation in Tourism www.world-tourism.org//protect_children/index.htm

South Asian Coalition on Child Servitude http://bbasaccs.org

Child Rights Information Network http://www.crin.org/resources/index.asp

Action Against Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation of Children (ALTEN) http://atsec.tripod.com/atsecbangladeshchapter/id1.html

Association pour la lutte Contre le Travail des Enfants au Niger (ALTEN) http://alten.apinc.org

Butterflies Programme for Street and Working Children (India) www.childrightsindia.org

Casa Alianza Latina America www.casa-alianza.org

Casa Alianza UK www.casa-alianza.org.uk

Child Labour Awareness http://childlabour.typepad.com

Child Rights Information Network www.crin.org

Child Workers in Asia www.cwa.tnet.co.th

Child Workers in Nepal www.cwin.org.np

Child Watch www.phuket.com/island/child.htm

Concerned for Working Children www.workingchild.org/htm/cwc.htm

Free the Children www.freethechildren.org

Free the Children India www.ftcindia.org

Global March Against Child Labour www.globalmarch.org

HAQ: Centre for Child Rights and Campaign to Stop Child Labour www.haqcrc.org

International Federation of Free Trade Unions (Child labour section) www.icftu.org

ILO – International Programme of the Elimination of Child Labour www.ilo.org/ipec/index.htm

Child Trafficking Digital Library www.childtrafficking.com

World Congress Against Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children http://www.csecworldcongress.org

The World Bank- Child Labour www.worldbank.org

Understanding Children’s Work: An inter-agency research cooperation project on child labour http://www.ucw-project.org/

ECLT Foundation – addressing the challenge of child labour in tobacco growing www.eclt.org

World Congress against Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) www.csecworldcongress.org

RugMark Foundation www.rugmark.org

Stop Child Labor http://stopchildlabor.org/

Don’t Sell Bodies http://dontsellbodies.org/

Hello friends,

Please feel free to provide any organisation names or links that you find are missing from this list.

And thank you for sharing this,

Gaye

Gaye Crispin
#ECSL2016 #SayNØkay2FGM

#ECSL2016 – End Child Slave Labor by 2016 (please read)
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Juan Somavia: World Day Against Child Labour, 2012 #ECSL2016

Juan Somavia Director-General of the ILO on the occasion of World Day Against Child Labour, 12 June, 2012

Statement | 12 June 2012
Ending child labour is a matter of human of rights and social justice. Step up the fight; do not relent: this is our call as we mark the tenth anniversary of the World Day against Child Labour.The worldwide mobilization against child labour is paying off with important progress achieved over the past decade. Today there are 30 million fewer child labourers worldwide than a decade ago. The sharpest decrease has been among younger children, in particular girls.Conventions on child labour are among the most widely ratified of all ILO Conventions. More and more countries have established national plans to tackle child labour or have introduced laws prohibiting hazardous work by children. And in consciousness, policy and practice, crucial linkages are increasingly being made: between child labour and poverty, and between the elimination of child labour and universal access to quality education.

Decent work for parents means that children are less likely to fall victim to child labour.”
Juan Somavia

However, the road to full eradication is long and challenging. The reality remains extremely worrying. The bottom line is that 215 million children are still trapped in child labour, 115 million of them in the worst forms. Our latest estimates indicated an increase of 20 per cent in child labour among young people aged 15 to 17, mainly involved in hazardous work.

On many counts the world is failing short on its responsibilities towards children and young people. Today, we call on all countries which have not ratified the international child labour Conventions to make a special effort to do so. We call on countries to apply as yet unratified Conventions and we call on all to respect the principles and rights embodied in these Conventions.

We can put together a combination of policies founded on respect for those principles and rights so that children can be free from child labour and have the chance of a better life. Effective education and training policies backed by social protection measures can produce significant increases in school enrolment and a decline in child labour. Decent work for parents means that children are less likely to fall victim to child labour. And better enforcement of national laws, including strengthening child labour inspection and monitoring, enhancing victim assistance and improving prevention strategies are critical to success.

In a world of growing inequality we must link policy agendas with basic standards of fairness and do right by the world’s children. In a world of incredible wealth, the means exist to end child labour. On this World Day with will and solidarity let us renew our efforts, stay the course, and reach the goal.


End Child Slave Labor By 2016 by Gaye Crispin @gayecrispin #ECSL2016

 “Whereas Mankind Owes To The Child The Best It Has To Give…”

How did you ‘celebrate’ World Day Against Child Labour on Tuesday, 12th June?

Were you even aware that, on June 12, hundreds of thousands of people around the globe were working to raise awareness of, and focus attention on, the global extent of child labour and what we as a global community need to do to eliminate it.

Did their message reach your corner of the world?

If so, was it effective in silencing the daily demands that swamp you? Was it able to focus your attention on the plight of the estimated 215 million children (127 million boys and 88 million girls) trapped in some kind of heinous child labour role  RIGHT NOW … who need our help?

Did it inspire you to do something to help those 215 million children? And especially, to help the 115 million who are being subjected to ‘the worst form’ of child labor RIGHT NOW?

What is ‘The Worst Form?’ 

‘The Worst Form’  Defined at ILO Conference, Geneva 1999  

“For the purposes of this Convention, the term the worst forms of child slave labour comprises:

(a) all forms of slavery or practices similar to slavery, such as the sale and trafficking of children, debt bondage and serfdom and forced or compulsory labour, including forced or compulsory recruitment of (child soldiers) children for use in armed conflict;

(b) the use, procuring or offering of a child for prostitution, for the production of pornography or for pornographic performances;

(c) the use, procuring or offering of a child for illicit activities, in particular for the production and trafficking of drugs as defined in the relevant international treaties;

(d) work which, by its nature or the circumstances in which it is carried out, is likely to harm the health, safety or morals of children.

World Day Against Child Labour

The World Day Against Child Labour, launched by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in 2002, is celebrated each year on June 12, with the very worthwhile  target of eliminating the ‘worst forms’ of Child Labour by 2016.

The UN’s latest figures estimate that of the  215 million children (127 million boys and 88 million girls) currently trapped (RIGHT NOW AS YOU READ THIS) in some kind of child labour, 115 million are trapped in ‘the worst form’ of child slave labour.

It’s quite shocking, especially when you realise that 115 million children subjected to slave-labour  is a  number greater than the total number of children, under the age of 18 years, living in the United States today.

‘Only’ 215 Million Children?

Ouare Fatao

Ghana: 12-year-old Ouare Fatao Kwakou was sold to traffickers by his uncle to work as a cocoa picker. Courtesy BBC

215 million! That’s quite a number! And it’s so easy to say it without giving it too much thought.  215 million … 215 million… 215 million. So, just how many people is 215 million … 215 million children to be more precise?

According to the US Census Bureau Population Clock it’s equivalent to approximately 3/4 of the total population of the United States, which at June 2012 is nearly 314 million people.

For my Australian friends, 215 million people is 10 times the total population of Australia. 

That’s quite a substantial number of people …. children!

The Real War Against Child Slave Labor Is Against Our Complacency!

Juan Somavia, ILO Director-General said: “There is no room for complacency when 215 million children are still labouring to survive, and more than half of these are exposed to the ‘worst form’ of child labour, including slavery and involvement in armed conflict. We cannot allow the eradication of child labour to slip down the development agenda — all countries should be striving to achieve this target, individually and collectively.”

Millions of children throughout the world are being bought and sold like chattel and used as sex slaves, declared by UNICEF

Millions of children throughout the world are being bought and sold like chattel and used as sex slaves, declared by UNICEF

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton recently stated, “The exploitation of children anywhere should be a concern to people everywhere.”

Abolishing The ‘Worst Forms’

Abolishing the “worst forms’ of child slave labor means ensuring the world’s children achieve freedom from exploitation, and remain free. For this to happen the people and governments worldwide need to work to persist in keeping children’s rights in the headlines, under the spotlight, and on the table.

Strong international treaties to outlaw the practice of child slave labour are not enough. It also demands we, the consumers, make supportive purchasing decisions that signal to manufacturers and suppliers we are committed to the target set by the ILO –  To End Child Slave Labor by 2016.” #ECSL2016

If we are serious about putting an end to the ‘worst forms’ of Child Labour by 2016, we need to overcome any complacency and take a stand.

We need to decide to play a part, however small, in ending Child Slave Labour. And it’s surprisingly easy to get involved. There are some very simple actions we can take. For example, if you’re a chocolate lover like I am, you might commit to only consume chocolate products where the chocolate used is fully certified to be Fair-Trade and Child-Labor-Free.

The internet makes it very easy to check on food, clothing or household goods purchases, to ensure they’re free from illegal child slave labor practices. And there are growing numbers of organisations producing apps and websites which make this information freely and readily accessible.

If you have a favourite organisation, app, website or forum that helps you make child-friendly buying decisions, please feel free to share the link with us in the comments box below.

If you have any suggestions of things we can do to help these children, please feel free to comment below.

As the DECLARATION OF THE RIGHTS OF THE CHILD preamble proclaimed in 1959: “Whereas Mankind Owes To The Child The Best It Has To Give…”

Let’s find ways to work together and do our Best to help these children. Let’s be the generation that makes Child Slave Labour a practice of the past.  #ECSL2016

Together we can  🙂

Wishing you health and happiness friends,

Gaye Crispin  #ECSL2016

End Child Slave Labor by 2016

Please read:

The Message from Juan Somavia, Director-General of the ILO, on the occasion of World Day against Child Labour (12 June, 2012) >>>>