International Law and Slavery
I mentioned that Basic Facts About the United Nations does not even mention slavery. Holger Terp comments:
In international law there are,
the Convention for the Suppression of Slave trade, London 1841,
the Convention for the Suppression of Slave trade, London 1862,
the Convention for the Suppression of Slave trade, London 1890, and,
Convention on Slave trade 1926, and
the UN Anti-Slavery Convention, 1956.
The Convention on Slave trade 1926 is the work of the League of Nations and Basic Facts About the United Nations should have recorded the 1956 conventions.
RH: This raises an important question. How many decisions of the League of Nations did the UN incorporate into its jurisprudence, or did it disregard them and start from scratch? Anti-slavery legislation preceded the 1841 convention. The Quakers led the campaign to abolish slavery, and in 1807 the British Parliament passed an act prohibiting the slave trade. In 1833 parliament voted to abolish slavery in all territories under British control..
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December 5, 2004