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Contemporary Forms of Slavery, Including its Causes and Consequences

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INTERVENTION

 

CONTEMPORARY FORMS OF SLAVERY, INCLUDING ITS CAUSES AND CONSEQUENCES

[Fiji Mission to the United Nations in Geneva]

 

Thank you Mr. President.

Fiji recognises that slavery remains apparent in the world in its contemporary forms and further notes its intricate relationship to human trafficking.

Fiji is committed to opposing slavery in all respects whether in the context of domestic workers or migrant workers as, simply put, it is morally wrong and a violation of basic human rights.

As the Special Rapporteur’s report captures, where migrant workers are concerned, there is an inherent responsibility and duty on both the sending and receiving State to take adequate measures to protect individuals from activities that amount to slavery.

Fiji is committed to its duty in this regard and takes its responsibilities seriously. Consistent with this commitment, a year ago on 19 September 2017, Fiji acceded to the United Nations Convention on Transnational Crime. Fiji aspires to implement the Convention in all respects and address all forms of human trafficking including those intricately bound to slavery, servitude and forced labour.

Fiji also notes the Special Rapporteur’s recommendations on how to effectively prevent and combat domestic servitude through an intersectional approach which recognizes the specific ways in which different women are affected as not all women are equally vulnerable.

In this regard, Fiji extends its appreciation to the Special Rapporteur for setting out a comprehensive strategy for the implementation of measures that guarantee their protection.

I thank you Mr President.

 

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