Anti-Slavery International

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Anti-Slavery International is an international organization against slavery and the oldest human rights organization in the world.


The roots of the organization go back to the first abolitionist movements around 1787. The use of these movements resulted in the UK and Ireland's abolition of the slave trade in 1807, and the ban on slavery as a whole followed in 1833. Other European countries kept slavery in their colonies even longer.

Against this background, the British and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society was founded in Great Britain in 1839 , which campaigned for the worldwide abolition of slavery and for Great Britain to play an active role in combating it. In 1888, Brazil was the last state to officially abolish slavery. Unofficially, however, slavery persisted in many parts of the world.

In the 1890s, the British and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society additionally drew for the rights of indigenous peoples one, making them in 1909 with the Aborigines 'Protection Society (Society for the Protection of indigenous people) for Anti-Slavery and Aborigines' Protection Society ( Society against Slavery and for the Protection of Native Americans). This played an important role in the creation of the Slavery Agreement of 1926 and the United Nations Supplementary Agreement on the Abolition of Slavery of 1956.

In 1990 the Anti-Slavery and Aborigines' Protection Society changed its name to its current name.

Today's activities

The director of Anti-Slavery International's Program Department Debbie McGrath speaks to the idea of human rights and democracy report 2016 in London

According to their own information, 27 million people live in slavery and conditions similar to slavery. In addition to debt bondage , Anti-Slavery also “fights” other forms such as the worst forms of child labor (e.g. child prostitution ), child trafficking / human trafficking , forced labor , forced prostitution and the traditional forms of slavery that occur primarily in Mauritania , Niger and Sudan .

The organization researches the causes and backgrounds of modern slavery and makes it public, exerts pressure on governments and companies and supports other organizations that work for slaves locally.

The US sister organization, Free the Slaves , was co-founded by leading slavery expert Kevin Bales .

Anti-Slavery Award

Since 1991 the organization has presented the Anti-Slavery Award annually to people and organizations that have distinguished themselves in their work against slavery

Prize winners were:

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. About us ( Memento from January 21, 2013 on the Internet Archive ), Free the Slaves management staff