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Dies Natalis Conference: Modern Slavery in Europe

29-11-2018 at 13:00 - 18:00

On Thursday the 29th of November we will organise our yearly Dies Natalis Conference. This year the theme will be: Modern Slavery in Europe. 

Slavery does not exist anymore, right? We all live our lives freely, especially in well-developed Europe. For most people, this is true. But what about the 40.3 million people worldwide for whom this is not the case? The 800.000 modern slaves in Europe, of which 30.000 live in the Netherlands?  According to the United Nations, slavery is prohibited. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) states: “No one shall be held in slavery or servitude: slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.” Although, Europe is not often associated with modern slavery, it remains a destination, and source for the exploitation of men, women and children in forced labour, commercial sexual exploitation, as well as forced child marriage.

Recently, the problem of modern slavery in Europe became extra relevant. The massive influx of migrants and refugees in 2015 and 2016 has given Europe a new source for slavery: immigrants. It is estimated that as many as 10,000 children registered as refugees are now unaccounted for…

During the 71st Dies Natalis conference on the 29th of November, organized by SIB-Groningen, we will try to provide  an overall view of the topic by means of more general talks, and interactive focused masterclasses.

We will welcome Katharine Bryant who is part of the Walk Free Foundation where she works on the Government Responses Index, which shows how much governments are doing against modern slavery. Next to this we will have several other speakers, all with their own perspective. The police will be represented, as well as the Dutch National Rapporteur of Human Trafficking and Child Abuse. Also, more personal stories will be told, such as the unknown story of male forced sexual labour. It is incredibly important that the story of modern slavery is told and more awareness is raised.

This event is open for everyone and the cost of the conference are €5,-.


13:00 - 18:00


het Heerenhuis