On 10 December 2020, The International Day of Human Rights – the Rights Resource Network SA is hosting an event discussing human rights in South Australia: Time for a Human Rights Framework for South Australia?
As part of this event, there will be a workshop on modern-day slavery and human rights in South Australia.
This session is a reminder that any form of modern slavery is a breach of human rights, as pointed out in article 4 of the of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights:
‘No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.’
Yet, 70 years later, various forms of slavery and slavery-like practices have been identified as occurring in SA such as forced marriage, forced labour and servitude.
After the 2019 report on modern slavery in South Australia, slavery and slavery-like practices are less marginal issues than before in this state. Yet, they are still taking place, and in many cases with impunity: the Australian Institute of Criminology stated in 2019 that for each identified victim, at least 4 will be never identified.
There will be discussions on why it matters in South Australia to talk about modern slavery for what it is: a breach of human rights.
This is of greater importance due to COVID19 socio-economy and health constraints, because struggling people will become more vulnerable and will accept even more inhuman and degrading treatment.
- Natalie Wade (from the Working Women’s Centre Management Committee) and Equality Lawyers
- Umes Acharya from Adelaide Young Christian Workers
- Dr Katherine Christ & Dr Nerida Chazal from the University of South Australia
- Professor Marinella Marmo & Alexandra Baxter from Flinders University
- Christine Carolan from ACRATH