“More than 50 years after the Universal Declaration of Human Rights stated in its article 4 that ‘No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms,’ the international community is fighting new forms of oppression ranging from traditional chattel slavery, bonded labour, serfdom, child labour, migrant labour and domestic labour, to forced labour and slavery for ritual or religious purposes,” Acting UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Bertrand Ramcharan said.Opening the 28th session of the Working Group on Contemporary Forms of Slavery in Geneva yesterday, Mr. Ramcharan noted that victims of slavery are characterized by their poverty and their vulnerability.“Thus, combating slavery means not only its direct prohibition by law but also fighting against poverty, illiteracy, economic and social disparities, gender discrimination, violence against women and children, harmful traditional practices and many other factors leading up to its contemporary forms,” he told the representatives of specialized agencies, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations.Mr. Ramcharan, who is standing in for High Commissioner Sergio Vieira de Mello during his four-month absence in Iraq as Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative, praised the Group for two of its initiatives – the establishment of the Special Rapporteur on Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography, and the Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women.He also noted that the group had highlighted the issue of trafficking for many years before the international community acknowledged the gravity and complexity of the matter and that it had been a pioneer in calling for free compulsory primary education to combat exploitation, illiteracy and poverty.The session continues through Friday.
Inside HMYOI Aylesbury, in Buckinghamshire. File pictureCredit:Andrew Aitchison /Corbis/Getty “So they can shower and exercise but then have been locked up all week. They had one shower on Monday and nothing since.”On Saturday they weren’t allowed the weekend association where they can play pool, etc. This morning, they were allowed another shower but, when they were told they were going to be locked up again, with no explanation, lots of them refused to go back.”A Prison Service spokesman said the disturbance was “confined to one area” of the institution.The four officers were taken to hospital with minor injuries before returning to duty. The spokesman said: “Prison staff at HMYOI Aylesbury have successfully resolved a brief period of indiscipline today involving a small number of offenders on one wing.” Prison guards were injured in a riot at a young offenders’ institution in which inmates reportedly threw paint and smashed fire alarms.Offenders are said to have “trashed” a wing at HMYOI Aylesbury, in Buckinghamshire, in protest over a lack of showers and time out of their cells.The Prison Service confirmed that four officers suffered minor injuries in the disturbance on Sunday.A source told the BBC that inmates “trashed” E wing, adding “they’ve thrown paint, smashed fire alarms and broken cameras”.”There’s a new regime and they aren’t allowed any association during the week,” a woman whose partner is an inmate told the BBC. When they were told they were going to be locked up again, with no explanation, lots of them refused to go backpartner of Aylesbury inmate The Prison Service added: “Offenders who behave in this way will be punished and may face extra time behind bars.”Up to 70 inmates aged up to 21 are housed on E wing at HMYOI Aylesbury. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.