Report of the Working Group on Slavery of the Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities.
1988/42. Report of the Working Group on Slavery of the Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of MinoritiesThe Commission on Human Rights, Having Considered resolutions 1987/31 and 1987/32 of 4 September 1987 of the Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities, Recalling its resolution 1982/20 of 10 March 1982 on the question of slavery and the slave trade in all their practices and manifestations, including the slavery-like practices of apartheid and colonialism, Recalling also Economic and Social Council resolutions 1982/20 of 4 May 1982 and 1983/30 of 26 May 1983 on the suppression of the traffic in persons and of the exploitation of the prostitution of others, Considering that the excellent report of Mr. J. Fernand-Laurent, Special Rapporteur of the Economic and Social Council (E/1983/7 and Corr.1 and 2) on the suppression of the traffic in persons and the exploitation of the prostitution of others still constitutes a useful basis for further action, Recalling further General Assembly resolutions 38/107 of 16 December 1983 and 40/103 of 13 December 1985 on the prevention of prostitution, Gravely concerned that slavery, the slave trade, slavery-like practices and even modern manifestations of this phenomenon still exist, representing some of the gravest violations of human rights,
1. Endorses the recommendation of the Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities that the name of the Working Group on Slavery be changed to "Working Group on Contemporary Forms of Slavery";
2. Invites the Sub-Commission and its Working Group to draw up, for submission to The Commission on Human Rights at its forty-fifth session, a plan of action on its future work regarding the elimination of contemporary forms of slavery, including the traffic in persons and the exploitation of the prostitution of others, and paying particular attention to the prevention of child prostitution and child pornography;
3. Decides to transmit to all Member States the recommendation by the Sub-Commission that freedom of attendance and freedom of speech before the Working Group be solemnly reaffirmed, and that any step taken by any authority designed to interfere with those freedoms or to punish their exercise be strongly condemned;
4. Requests the Secretary-General to report to the Economic and Social Council on the steps taken to implement the recommendations in Council resolution 1983/30;
5. Recommends that the Sub-Commission consider appointing a special rapporteur to review the implementation of the recommendations made and the appropriate measures taken by United Nations organs and executing agencies, international organizations and Member States and to submit recommendations to the Sub-Commission at its forty-first session with a view to enhancing further progress in the prevention and suppression of slavery-like practices, the traffic in persons and the exploitation of the prostitution of others as well as other contemporary forms of slavery;
6. Recommends the following draft resolution to the Economic and Social Council for adoption:
[For the text, see chap. I, sect. A, draft resolution III.]52nd meeting
8 March 1988
[Adopted without a vote. See chap. XIX.]
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