SIR - Modern-day slavery and human trafficking are urgent challenges facing Britain, with several thousand people trapped in slavery now. According to the International Labour Organisation, modern slavery is an illicit trade worth at least $150 billion (£96 billion) per year that exploits 21 million people globally.
The term “slavery” is not an arbitrary one. Over the years it has been codified in international law and to a somewhat lesser extent in national law. The key instruments in international law are the 1926 Slavery Convention, by the 1930 Forced Labour Convention, the 1956 Supplementary Convention on Slavery, the 2000 Palermo Protocol on trafficking, and the 2014 Forced Labour Protocol.
The Law Society would like to say a big thank you to all of the firms that have already held events as well as those who have yet to hold events as part of Human Rights Week. A huge thank you to everyone who attended, joined the debate and celebrated human rights. Events have ranged from discussions on education in South Africa and the 800th Magna Carta Anniversary, to a film screening of Contagion and the Law Society’s own Annual Human Rights Conference.
The following letter appeared in theTelegraph on human rights day 2014. Letters: The legacy of the Magna Carta
Report of hearing at Çaglayan Justice Palace 13th November 2014.
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The Law Society has expressed concern over Malaysia’s continuing use of the 1948 Sedition Act. The act, which was made law during the British colonial era, criminalises speech uttered ‘to excite disaffection’ against the government. The act has been used to intimidate and silence political opponents including lawyers.