“The UK greatly supports the work of the Special Rapporteur. I was pleased to see the UN Human Rights Council adopt by consensus our resolution renewing her mandate. Slavery represents an appalling denial of human rights which all states, the UK included, must do more to prevent. I thank Ms Shahinian for her work to help states in this regard and to raise international awareness of the problem.
“I have been pleased to discuss this important issue on the UN’s International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, and also a day when I attended the first meeting of the Foreign Secretary’s Advisory Group on Human Rights, a new structure reflecting the importance of human rights to this Government.’’