Archbishop of Canterbury joins world faith leaders
in pledge to end modern slavery….
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, recently joined world Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist and Jewish leaders in Rome to sign a historic declaration to end modern slavery.
The Global Freedom Network – which launched with backing from Archbishop Justin and Pope Francis in March 2014 – brought together faith leaders in a commitment to eradicate modern slavery by 2020 “throughout our world and for all time.”
The Joint Declaration of Religious Leaders against Modern Slavery defines modern slavery as human trafficking, forced labour and prostitution, organ trafficking, and “any relationship that fails to respect the fundamental conviction that all people are equal and have the same freedom and dignity.”
Our own Bishop, Bishop Alastair is one of those who is greatly involved in this debate…
‘On 10th December 2014, the Bishop of Derby, the Rt Revd Alastair Redfern, took part in the Committee Stage of the Government’s Modern Slavery Bill. The Bishop spoke in support of an amendment to put a new National Referral Mechanism on a statutory footing, and also raised questions about how the Government’s approach towards tackling slavery could be better integrated with safeguarding awareness. The Bishop had previously spoken in the Bill’s Committee Stage.’
From ‘The Church of England in Parliament’ website.