UNDERSTANDING THE RIGHTS OF THE PEOPLE YOU ENCOUNTER WILL EQUIP YOU BETTER TO UNDERSTAND WHY WE NEED TO SENSE IT, SPOT IT, STOP IT.
We have summarised key legislation below but you can follow the links for further reading should you wish to.
1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights
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.
Read the complete declaration
1950 European Convention on Human Rights & The 1998 UK Human Rights Act
Article 4: Prohibition of slavery and forced labour
1. No one shall be held in slavery or servitude.
2. No one shall be required to perform forced or compulsory labour.
Read the complete European Convention
Read the complete UK Human Rights Act
2000 Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons:
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is responsible for implementing this Protocol. It offers practical help to states with drafting laws, creating comprehensive national anti-trafficking strategies, and assisting with resources to implement them.
You can read about this protocol as part of the wider convention documents
2005 Council of Europe Convention Against Trafficking in Human Beings:
The purposes of this Convention are:
- to prevent and combat trafficking in human beings, while guaranteeing gender equality
- to protect the human rights of the victims of trafficking, design a comprehensive framework for the protection and assistance of victims and witnesses, while guaranteeing gender equality, as well as to ensure effective investigation and prosecution;
- to promote international cooperation on action against trafficking in human beings.
Read the complete Council of Europe convention