GENEVA， Nov. 28 (Xinhua) -- An estimated 21 million people worldwide are trapped in conditions of contemporary slavery， including some five million children， the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said Monday.
"Slavery is not something that belongs to the past but a cruel reality of our age，" the office said in a media statement announcing an upcoming event which will showcase the extent of modern-day slavery.
The event， entitled "Revealing the Child Faces of Modern Slavery"， will be organized by the UN Human Rights Office to mark International Day for the Abolition of Slavery on December 2.
The event is also to mark the 25th anniversary of the UN Voluntary Fund on Contemporary Forms of Slavery， which since it was established in 1991 has supported more than 400 organizations worldwide and， through them， tens of thousands of men， women and child victims of various forms of today's slavery.
In 2016， the Fund issued grants to projects in 34 countries， helping more than 29，000 victims， a third of whom were children， the UN rights office said.
Venus Williamswithout a title in 16 months and beaten here as early as the second round, believes she still has what it takes to succeed at the highest level - and has the desire to prove it.
The seven times Grand Slam champion cut a defiant figure despite her depressingly persistent fitness issues and missing a match point on Wednesday against Petra Kvitova, the world number six from the Czech Republic.
Venus's place as a legend of the sport is assured and, since she is aged 33 and enduring intermittent effects of Sjogrens syndrome, an auto-immune deficiency , some people wonder why she still forces herself on.
""I play tennis because I feel like I'm good at it. I know I'm good at it, and I have to keep giving myself a chance and just keep going forward,"" Venus responded.
With a world ranking down at 48 there is certainly room to do that. But Venus may still be more ambitious than some people realise, especially as she was good enough to have beaten a Kvitova who was playing not too far from her best.
Venus's movement and fitness was more than adequate to bring her big game into the equation for most of the match, and she still talks as good a contest as ever.
""I'm getting better really every tournament that I play
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""I realise I have to pay my dues,"" Venus added, meaning that she cannot expect immediately to re-acquire an ability to win tight matches after a lengthy period away from big competitive situations.
- Sky's the limit -
""You know, I have to keep getting in these positions. I haven't played as much as my opponents
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, so I have to stay out there and kind of get comfortable in those positions and just kind of go at it with the right mentality.
""I didn't necessarily go after it the way I should have (against Kvitova) but as long as I keep getting in the right positions, I'll convert,"" she concluded.
A school of thought nevertheless suggests that Venus' main aim is to remain touring as long as her sister Serena Williams does. It is a notion given a gossipy credence by the fact that the world number one is unexpectedly joining Venus next week at the Dubai Open.
Serena had been reported as saying she could play neither here nor in Indian Wells next month because of the bad back sustained at the Australian Open more than three weeks ago.
That in turn created rumours that a reconciliation might be possible with the Indian Wells event, because both sisters have always previously said they refused to play there because of the hostile atmosphere they experienced in 2001.
Venus conspicuously declined to refute this possibility of reconciliation this week, and then articulated further reasons for hoping for better days ahead for herself.
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, I think this sky's the limit,"" she said. ""That's the thing. In life, you have to believe in yourself.
""You can't go out thinking someone else is going to believe in you and that they're going to do it for you. For me, I have to fight my own battles. There is going to be a lot of people who are supportive, but at the end of the day I have to get up and walk on my own.
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, I'm in a position that I didn't do anything wrong to be here,"" she said referring to giving an interview as a loser. ""It's just something that happens in life. I've got to make the best out of it.""
BRASILIA, May 16 (Xinhua) -- The defense team of former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva announced Tuesday they would lodge a new complaint with the UN's Committee on Human Rights, saying that Lula has been suffering politically motivated judicial persecution.
Since July 2016, lawyers Cristiano Zanin Martins and Roberto Teixeira have accused Sergio Moro
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, the judge overseeing Operation Car Wash anti-corruption investigation, of not being impartial toward Lula and of putting his rights in danger.
In October, the UN agreed to evaluate the case but has provided no opinion regarding Lula so far. Such investigations are confidential and can take up to two years.
Since then, Lula's lawyers have regularly provided new documents to the Committee on Human Rights to back up their claim.
The UN could decide not to accept the case, or could send recommendations to the Brazilian government on the operation of its judicial system.
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, Lula's chief lawyer, British human rights expert Geoffrey Robertson, will hold a press conference in Geneva, Switzerland, to explain the situation to the international press.