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  • Council:Topic:Human Rights CouncilContemporary Forms of Slavery Date: March 19th 2010HRC/Res/B/1Sponsors:Kingdom of the Netherlands, Republic of Italy, United States of America, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Federative Republic of Brazil, French Republic, United Mexican States, Arab Republic of Egypt, Argentine RepublicCo-Sponsors:Japan, Cuba, Ukraine, Philippines, KSA, Russia, Indonesia<br />Recalling the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights affirming faith in fundamental human rights and the dignity and worth of the human person,<br />Reaffirming faith in Article 3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), that states, “Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person”,<br />Referring to Article 4 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, <br />Taking into account Article 8 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), <br />Reiterating that the points highlighted in the Conventions on the Rights of the Child be respected and in the light of this convention recommends that governments further combat all forms of underage labor;<br />Encouraging the role of international institutions and Non Governmental Organizations working towards the elimination of human rights violations,<br />Recognizing that the three most prevalent forms of contemporary slavery are debt bondage, human trafficking and forced labor,<br />The Human Rights Council:<br />Welcomes all nations to have a minimum wage that ensures all citizens of that nation can sustain the most basic standards of living as set forth by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights;<br />Encourages the International Labor Organization (ILO) to compile a list of companies and institutions that promote human trafficking in all its forms through co-operation with local governments and Non Governmental Organizations;<br />Promotes the implementation of micro-financing projects that help empower all victims of slavery.<br />Demands that any entity guilty of participating in the human trafficking process is to be announced to the public and co-operation with these aforementioned entities be discouraged;<br />Suggests the enforcement of strict border control mechanisms by ensuring the monitoring of foreign individuals coming into countries for a minimum period of six months in order to ensure that they are not participants or victims of any unlawful activities in relation to contemporary forms of slavery;<br />Calls upon governments to encourage its citizens to report any incidences of slavery that they may encounter, and recommends some of the following solutions;<br />The participation of NGOs in promoting awareness amongst those most vulnerable to being trafficked;<br />Offering incentives or rewards to those who report complaints that are proven to be legitimate. <br />Advises that if victims of human trafficking make an official statement to the police or any Non Governmental Organization in the country that they were trafficked, they are offered a special residence permit until the criminal trial of those whom the victims reported is complete, and have access to all social services;<br />Further requests that governments, in co-operation with Non Governmental Organizations, provide rehabilitation programs to all victims of contemporary forms of slavery, especially groups who are most vulnerable such as women and children by;<br />Incorporating victim-to-victim recovery programs where former victims of slavery aid newer victims in co-operation with professional psychologists and experts on recovery techniques;<br />Approves the formation of the Human Rights Council Classification Program, whose objectives will be;<br />To classify nations of the world into categories based on their efforts to tackle, combat and eliminate contemporary forms of slavery;<br />To provide recommendations and solutions to the individual nations based on the magnitude of the problem;<br />Further advises all nations to impose harsher criminal punishments against acts of human trafficking;<br />Strongly urges the prosecution of any individual found guilty of participating in the human trafficking chain<br />