Archive for December 6th, 2011


Mr. Ban Has a Dream: That Big Business Will Fight Against Modern Slavery!

Human Wrongs Watch

By Baher Kamal*

Everybody is entitled to have dreams and anyway every one has, maybe some people more than others. The UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon appears to be very active in this field—he now pretends that big corporations, banks and eventually all the private sector everywhere, to be more active in combating modern forms of slavery!

True, he said that. Just few days ahead of “celebrating” the so-called “Human Rights Day” on 10 December, the UN top official “urged” the private sector “to play a more active role in combating modern forms of slavery.”

“Humanity still lives in a world blighted by serfdom and other practices” despite efforts by governments and civil society to end the scourge, etc., etc., etc., he declared.

To eradicate contemporary forms of slavery, we need new strategies and measures that can unite all actors,” said Ban in a message to mark the “International Day for the Abolition of Slavery” on December 2. “While governments bear the primary responsibility, the private sector has an integral role to play.”

Then the man appealed to all of them “to demonstrate their commitment to fighting slavery.” How? By making a financial contribution to the UN “Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Trafficking in Persons”, according to him.

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