Signed Declaration of Religious Leaders Against Modern Slavery


We, the undersigned, are gathered here today for a historical initiative to inspire spiritual and practical action by all global faiths and people of good will 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. 

Casina Pio IV, 2 December 2014

Religious Leaders who signed

Pope Francis

Her Holiness Mata Amritanandamayi (Amma)

Venerable Bhikkhuni Thích Nu Chân Không, representing Zen Master Thích Nhat Hanh

Rabbi Dr. Abraham Skorka

Dr. Abbas Abdalla Abbas Soliman, Undersecretary of State of Al Azhar Alsharif, representing Mohamed Ahmed El-Tayeb, Grand Imam of Al Azhar

His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew (video)

Grand Ayatollah Sheikh Basheer Hussain al Najafi (video)

Grand Ayatollah Mohammad Taqi al-Modarresi

Most Revd and Right Hon Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury 


Joint Declaration Against Modern Slavery

On 2 December 2014 at the Casina Pio IV, headquarters of the Pontifical Academies of Sciences and... Read more