Resolution on Worldwide Slavery

WHEREAS there are currently an estimated 27 million slaves worldwide, more than at any other time in history, lives purchased at an average cost of $90 per person; and

WHEREAS the United Nations International Declaration on Human Rights adopted and proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly on December 10, 1948, states in Article 4 that:  “No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms”; and

WHEREAS the United States government has gone on record in the 107th Congress (HR 2052 RH and S 180 IS) as recognizing the need to address this human rights violation; and

WHEREAS Jewish tradition call upon us to see ourselves as liberated slaves, “in every generation, we are commanded to view ourselves as if each one of us was personally brought forth out of Egypt.” (Passover Haggadah)

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Rabbinical Assembly call upon the Secretary General of the United Nations, the President of the United States and members of the 107th Congress, to condemn the practice of slavery and exert all possible influence on governments of countries where these practices exist to end these practices in their countries; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Rabbinical Assembly call upon its members to educate our constituencies as to the widespread practices of slavery and to advocate for the eradication of slavery worldwide and to encourage other affiliated organizations and institutions of the Conservative Movement to join in this effort; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Rabbinical Assembly educate its members, through the Social Action Committee, as to the countries that practice slavery and how they do it.

Passed by Rabbinical Assembly Plenum, February, 2002