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Minorities subjected to contemporary forms of slavery: Addressing a global concern

16 September 2022 • 1:30 – 2:30 pm CEST

The UN Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Slavery will present his thematic report on contemporary forms of slavery affecting persons belonging to ethnic, religious and linguistic minority communities (A/HRC/51/26) during the 51st session of the UN Human Rights Council on 15 September. This event will be an opportunity to continue and deepen the discussion about minorities being subjected to contemporary forms of slavery such as chattel slavery; forced and bonded labour; child and/or forced marriage; domestic servitude; sexual slavery and child labour and about the prevention and the elimination thereof.

To this end, this event will bring to the table directly affected individuals and human rights defenders/anti-slavery activists who will share their experiences and analyses, shedding light not only on the many ways in which persons belonging to marginalized minorities may be subjugated to exploitative work but also about ways to enhance their protection. First-hand experiences complemented with the findings of the Special Rapporteur’s thematic study will lead to the formulation of key recommendations on how to prevent and eliminate contemporary forms of slavery affecting minority communities.


  • Mary Gill, Executive Director, Center for Law & Justice (Pakistan)
  • Malcolm Bidali, Kenyan blogger and activist, former migrant worker in Qatar
  • Abida Pehlic, President / Co-Founder, Novi Put (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
  • Tomoya Obokata, UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery

The panel discussion will be moderated by Claude Cahn, Indigenous Peoples and Minorities Section, OHCHR.

Event details

  • When? Friday 16 September 2022, 13.30-14.30 CEST
  • Where? On Zoom – register below
  • Accessibility: A Live Captioning service will be available (on Zoom only)
  • Live stream: The event will be available live on YouTube.


To register for the event and attend on Zoom, click here.

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Photo: A labourer carries bricks in a kiln at Langolpota village in North 24 Parganas district in the eastern state of West Bengal, India, 26 November 2019. Credit: Reuters / Ranita Roy.