Commonwealth Secretariat, CHRI to hold panel discussion on ‘Ending modern slavery’ in Geneva


The Commonwealth Secretariat and the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, in partnership with the governments of Australia and the UK, will hold a panel discussion on "Ending Modern Day Slavery - Achieving Goal 8.7: Sustainable and inclusive development through eradication of forced labour, ending modern slavery and human trafficking, and securing the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour".

The event will be held on September 14, 2017 at Palais des Nations (Room XXVII) from 15.00 – 16:30.

Advocate Karen McKenzie, Head of Human Rights, Commonwealth Secretariat, will make the opening and closing remarks.

A message from Ms Urmila Bhoola, UN Special Rapporteur on Contemporary forms of slavery, including its causes and consequences, will be played at the beginning of the panel discussion.
The panel includes:  Miriam Shearman, Deputy Permanent Representative and Ambassador, UK mission to the UN; Mr Sanjoy Hazarika, Director, Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative; Ms Fiona David, Executive Director, Global Research at the Walk Free Foundation & co-author of The International Law of Migrant Smuggling and Mr Brian Iselin, Founder, Slave Free Trade.