INTERFAITH

On 2 December 2014, at the Vatican, Pope Frances led a group of faith leaders from across the religious spectrum to stand against slavery. This was consumated in the signing of the Global Freedeom Network Declaration.

“We, the undersigned, are gathered here today for a historic initiative to inspire spiritual and practical action by all global faiths and people of goodwill everywhere to eradicate modern slavery across the world by 2020 and for all time. In the eyes of God*, each human being is a free person, whether girl, boy, woman or man, and is destined to exist for the good of all in equality and fraternity. Modern slavery, in terms of 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, is a crime against humanity. We pledge ourselves here today to do all in our power, within our faith communities and beyond, to work together for the freedom of all those who are enslaved and trafficked so that their future may be restored. Today we have the opportunity, awareness, wisdom, innovation and technology to achieve this human and moral imperative.”

*The Grand Imam of Al Azhar uses the word ‘religions’.

With this in mind, this page is dedicated to providing links to the various resources available for many different religious groupings as we all unite to fight for a slave free world. Whether you are Muslim, Hindu, Jewish, Buddhist, Christian or any of the various forms of religion around the world Stand Against Slavery celebrates that unity in the major social justice cause of the twenty-first century.

Stand Against Slavery was birthed from the Christian faith and pursues justice from a Christian worldview, but it embraces any faith structure that also pursues the injustice of slavery and human trafficking.

The resource links provided here will hopefully inspire you to engage in this issue not matter what you faith background is. Stand Against Slavery acknowledges The Global Freedom Network and Free the Slaves who have provided online resources for individuals and faith communities to gain valuable learning and points of action in the fight for a slave free world.

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