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Church of Scotland moderator calls upon Parliament to eradicate slavery: Church of England Newspaper, November 11, 2012 p 6. November 13, 2012

Posted by geoconger in Church of England Newspaper, Civil Rights, Presbyterian/Church of Scotland.
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The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, the Rt. Rev. Albert Bogle, has written to Prime Minister David Cameron urging the government to tackle problem of modern day slavery.

In his 30 Oct 2012 letter, Mr. Bogle urged the government to back the private members bill offered by Labour MP Michael Connarty “Transparency in UK Company Supply Chains (Eradication of Slavery) Bill” which had its second reading in the House of Commons on 2 November.  The Bill has gained broad civil society support, including the Ecumenical Council for Corporate Responsibility but has not yet been endorsed by the Church of England.

“Surely tackling modern day slavery at the point of demand, by applying pressure on companies to desist from practices which involve the use of forced or child labour is imperative for ensuring the complete eradication of this abhorrent eradication of human rights,” asked Mr. Bogle.

Mr Bogle wrote that “The Church of Scotland’s approach to human trafficking is ‘to be silent is to be unfaithful.’ We have a commitment to the dignity of every human being, created in God’s image, and with bias to the marginalised, vulnerable and poor means that if we do not speak out against such monstrous injustices we are not living up to our calling.”