Report on contemporary forms of slavery, including its causes and consequences

News | Posted on Wednesday 21 September 2022

Special Rapporteur Tomoya Obokata will be presenting his latest report, which has been attracting global attention.

Tomoya Obokata is due to present his latest report on 15 September at 12 noon (Geneva - 11am UK) during the 51st Regular Session. This report has been attracting global attention particularly because of the coverage of forced labour in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region and the Tibet Autonomous Region of China. 

These findings have been more or less confirmed by the report of the former High Commissioner for Human Rights published several weeks later. A group of Special Procedures mandate holders, including Tomoya, also released a joint statement on Wednesday 7 September urging China to address grave violations of human rights in the Autonomous Region and calling on the Council to convene a special session on China.

This presentation will be followed by what's known as "Interactive Dialogue" where Member States of the Council, International Organisations and members of civil society provide comments/questions for Tomoya to respond. There will be an opportunity to watch this live through UN Web TV. There will be other Special Procedures mandate holders presenting their reports throughout the 51st Regular Session, and the programme of work can be obtained here.

After this presentation, a virtual side event "Minorities Subjected to Contemporary Forms of Slavery" will take place on 16 September at 1.30pm (Geneva 12.30pm UK) which is sponsored by Minority Rights Group International, Anti-Slavery International and UN Voluntary Trust Fund on Contemporary Forms of Slavery

Anyone interested can register for this event here the event is free to attend.