Are modern slavery and human trafficking crimes against humanity?

Are modern slavery and human trafficking crimes against humanity?

Marina LabGovOn July 21, the Pontificia Accademia delle Scienze will organize in Vatican City a working session that will be attended by 50 mayors of important world cities. Its main objective is to address modern slavery and human trafficking as crimes against humanity.

Today we are facing two emergencies, somehow connected: climate crisis and new forms of slavery. Pope Francis’ Encyclical on environment and human ecology highlighted how climate change effects usually hit most disadvantaged populations, which also lack those benefits due to fossil fuel use.  LabGov has already written at length the first environmental Encyclical of Pope Francis.

Today more than 30 million people are victims of modern slavery, a bargaining chip in a tragic market whose illegal profits reach 150 billion dollars a year. Since the beginning of his Pontificate in Spring 2013, Pope Francis has clearly taken a stand against this practice, urging all communities to radically reject all forms of systematic deprivation of individual liberty or body parts for exploitation and commercial business. Further pushing this stand, the Santa Marta Group (founded by Cardinal Vincent Nichols) is now bringing together bishops and law enforcement agencies around the world. This initiative’s main goal is to highlighted the need for local authorities to get more involved and provide support to higher-level police and security forces in the fight against modern slavery.

We strongly believe that environmental crisis and human crisis (such as modern slavery and human trafficking) should be considered as interconnected issues, and the above examples reinforces the need to properly address them in a proper context. LabGov is indeed making them a top priority in the discussion agenda of the 1st IASC International Conference on urban commons, scheduled for November 6-7 in Bologna, Italy.


Possiamo considerare la schiavitù moderna come un crimine contro l’umanità?

Il prossimo 21 luglio 2015, le Pontificie Accademie delle Scienze e delle Scienze Sociali stanno organizzando una giornata di lavori, nel corso della quale cinquanta sindaci tra italiani e stranieri delle più importanti città del mondo parteciperanno. Obiettivo principale del workshop è fare in modo che i sindaci e gli amministratori locali si uniscano ai leader religiosi e alle forze di polizia nella duplice richiesta alle Nazioni Unite di considerare la schiavitù moderna e la tratta di persone un crimine contro l’umanità.