Why should I make a STAND?
We can all do something to stand up against injustice. We can all play our part, whether big or small, to help combat modern slavery and poverty. Our efforts are never in vain. But when we join together, when we all stand as one, our acts are multiplied.
So we launched STAND, a petition to help us all help in the fight against modern day slavery.
Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,
for the rights of all who are destitute.
Speak up and judge fairly;
defend the rights of the poor and needy.
We want to be able to speak up for those people who are trapped in modern day slavery. We want to be able to join our voices together to raise a shout that the government will hear and to ask them to do more.
What do we want the government to do?
We, the undersigned, petition the government to increase, in every way possible, efforts to combat Modern Slavery both here in the UK and around the world.
There are millions of people trapped in slavery through violence, coercion, debt bondage and fear and it is time we as the people of the UK took a stand against this most heinous injustice
We are asking you to:
• Pass the Modern Slavery Act (UK) . – This act will bring clarity to modern slavery offences and ensure that victims are more effectively identified and are not prosecuted for crimes they may be forced to commit as a result of being enslaved.
• Use the International Aid budget to incentivise individual countries to fight modern slavery worldwide. This will help to push countries around the world to continue and increase their efforts to fight slavery and it’s root causes, namely poverty.
• Pass the Transparency in UK Company Supply Chains (Eradication of Slavery) Bill (TISCUK) bill, guaranteeing that all companies with a turnover threshold of £100m ensure their supply and product chains and business practices are slave free.
• Appoint an Anti-Slavery commissioner for the UK, accountable to Parliament, a role with guaranteed longevity. This will help bring the essential leadership and accountability that is currently lacking.
• Appoint a Single Point of Contact in each police force in the UK and ensure that they are well trained and have influence. This will give every opportunity for those people who have been exploited to be identified and treated as victims rather than perpetrators.