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REPORT ON ERADICATING MODERN SLAVERY: AN ASSESSMENT OF COMMONWEALTH GOVERNMENT PROGRESS”

REPORT ON ERADICATING MODERN SLAVERY: AN ASSESSMENT OF COMMONWEALTH GOVERNMENT PROGRESS”

Context

CHRI report on “Eradicating Modern Slavery: An assessment of Commonwealth government progress”.

Details

  • It assessed the progress made by Commonwealth countries on the promises made in 2018 to end modern slavery by 2030 and achieve the SDG 8.7 of ending forced labour, human trafficking and child labour.
  • One-third of the Commonwealth countries had criminalised forced marriage, while 23 had not criminalised commercial sexual exploitation of children.
  • Commonwealth countries have made little progress towards their commitment to eradicate modern slavery by 2030. One in every 150 people in the Commonwealth is living in conditions of modern slavery.
  • None of the Asian countries in the group had implemented laws against forced labour in supply chains.
  • It was released on the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons by Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) and Walk Free which is an anti-slavery organisation.

India’s Performance

  • India accounted for one-third of all child brides in the world.
  • Despite being the largest country in the region, India has the weakest response on national coordination, with no national coordinating body or National Action Plan in place.

About Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI)

  • It is an independent, non-partisan & nonprofit international non-governmental organisation which works towards the practical realisation of human rights in the countries of the Commonwealth.

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