Mark organises anti-slavery event in Parliament with Harriet Harman MP(June 16, 2011)
Mark organised an event in Parliament on Tuesday 7th June 2011 that celebrated the achievements of the Society for Effecting the Abolition of the Slave Trade and discussed contemporary slavery and human trafficking. Guest speakers included Harriet Harman MP and the Director of Anti-Slavery International, Aidan McQuade.
Mark said: “It has been two and quarter centuries since the Society for Effecting the Abolition of the Slave Trade started their campaign against slavery. Despite their pioneering efforts, slavery has yet to be resigned to the history books. It is staggering that up to 30 million people around the world are enslaved today. The event was a testament to how seriously the issue of slavery and human trafficking is taken across the political spectrum. It was very well attended by both MPs and Peers from all parties and I am thankful for Harriet Harman MP and Aidan McQuade for sharing their thoughts.”
Deputy Leader of the Labour Party and Shadow Secretary of State for International Development Harriet Harman QC MP stated: “In order to make a difference we need to create a more equal world. People who have prospects do not become slaves. It is important that the government does not turn back the clock by making unnecessary cuts to law enforcement that harms Britain’s effectiveness in the fight against human trafficking. The key to making a difference is international cooperation. The government needs to work closely with Eurojust and our colleagues in Europe. We cannot afford to be Eurosceptic.”
Aidan McQuade, the Director of Anti-Slavery International, reflected upon the fight against slavery over the past 250 years: “The abolition of the trans-Atlantic slave trade along with the Allies victory in the Second World War, which led directly to the formulation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, remain shining moments in human history for which Britain can rightly take particular pride. The impulses that drove those achievements are still desperately needed in human affairs. Making human rights, particularly anti-slavery concerns, central in formulation of development and business policy for the UK would be an impressive beginning.”