1. Declaration Overview

    An overview of the ILO declarationo on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work

  1. SAP-FL Newsletter : Issue 3 - 2013

    31 January 2012

    Newsletter prepared by the ILO Special Action Programme to combat forced labour. Third issue 2013

  2. Multiple discrimination in the world of work by Prof. Colleen Sheppard

    12 December 2011

    Multiple discrimination has always existed; yet it has not always been recognized as a legal concept. African-American women first spoke out about the ways in which single ground approaches to anti-discrimination law failed to capture the lived realities of inequalities linked to gender, race and ethnicity. Given the early mportance of racial and sexual equality rights movements, it is not surprising that the concept of multiple discrimination first emerged to describe the complex interplay of racial and gender inequalities. More recently, persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples, members of religious minorities, members of the LGBT community, the elderly and youth have also been increasingly vocal about how their experiences of disadvantage and exclusion are deeply affected by the multiple dimensions of their identity. Thus, many forms of multiple discrimination are becoming more widely recognized (e.g. disability and age, religion and age, race and disability, ethnic origin, religion and sexual orientation). Economic vulnerability and social class also impact upon the multidimensional and complex character of discrimination.

  3. Equality at work: The continuing challenge - Global Report under the follow-up to the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work

    03 November 2011

    The global economic and financial crisis, which has predictably turned into a major employment crisis, forms the background to the third Global Report on discrimination. The aim of the Report is to provide a dynamic picture of trends over the last four years and present some findings, conclusions and recommendations for future action by the ILO and its constituents. This Report contains both good and bad news about recent worldwide trends regarding discrimination in employment and occupation. On the positive side, there is more legislation, there are more institutional initiatives, and, in general, a growing awareness of the need to overcome discrimination at work. However, capacity does not keep pace with the political will, and a prolonged economic downturn exposes structural weaknesses and even aggravates structural discrimination. Furthermore, the agenda of discrimination at work is continuously diversifying, and new challenges arise where old ones remain at best only partially answered.

  4. Etude nationale sur la discrimination en matière d'emploi et de profession et proposition d'un plan national d'action au Cameroun

    07 October 2011

    Le présent document de travail a été conçu dans le cadre de PAMODEC et présente le principe d’élimination de la discrimination en matière d’emploi et de profession au Cameroun. Son objectif est, en premier lieu, d’apporter un nouveau point de vue sur les différents aspects de la discrimination ; l’auteur préconise, en second lieu, un plan d’action pour éradiquer toute forme de discrimination dans l’emploi et la profession.

  5. Freedom of Association and Development

    25 July 2011

    This publication aims to highlight the pivotal role of freedom of association in fostering and maintaining sustainable development. As such, it seeks to provide ideas for governments, trade unions and employers’ organisations on how to work together to achieve real and tangible results for development.

  6. Observations submitted to the Office by the International Organisation of Employers (IOE), 2011

    18 June 2011

  7. Forced labour in Northern Ireland: exploiting vulnerability, Joseph Rowntree Foundation

    14 June 2011

    This report explores the extent of forced labour among new migrants to Northern Ireland and identified a number of problems of forced labour in the mushroom farming, fishing and catering industries as well as more isolated problems in a variety of other casual work environments. The exploitation through forced labour that was encountered was not particularly associated with human trafficking. Rather people’s vulnerability to exploitation through forced labour was more likely to be associated with factors such as an individual’s legal status, their English language skills, a lack of access to advice and information, and an absence of appropriate community-based support networksThe report suggests a number of actions that could improve identification of cases of forced labour and responses to the problem.

  8. Equality at work: The continuing challenge - Global Report under the follow-up to the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work

    06 June 2011

  9. A Trade Union Perspective on Combating Trafficking and Forced Labour in Europe, by Jeroen Beirnaert

    27 May 2011

    The paper is part of the book published by the University of Tilburg "Combating Trafficking in Human Beings for Labour Exploitation", Conny Rijken (ed.), 2011, Wolf Legal Publishers

  10. The good practices of labour inspection in Brazil: the eradication of labour analogous to slavery

    15 April 2011

    This publication was produced under the framework of technical cooperation undertaken between the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the Secretariat of Labour Inspection (SIT). This partnership is embodied in the collection “The Good Practices of Labour Inspection in Brazil,” comprised of four publications on the labour inspection system in Brazil and the Brazilian labour inspection experiences in the following areas: eradication of child labour; combating forced labour; and the maritime sector. The eradication of labour analogous to slavery is today one of the main objectives of the Brazilian agenda for the promotion of human rights. This document presents a synthesis of labour inspection actions of the Ministry of Labour and Employment (MTE), in cooperation with governmental partners, employer associations, workers’ unions and civil society organizations in the fi ght against this extreme form of labour exploitation.


    14 March 2011

  12. Human Trafficking and Business: An eLearning course on how to prevent and combat human trafficking

    15 February 2011

    The United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking (UN.GIFT) and the End Human Trafficking Now! Campaign (EHTN!) have developed an eLearning course which is a modular training programme for business leaders, managers and employees of business companies.

  13. SAP-FL Newsletter: Issue 2 - 2011

    15 February 2011

    Newsletter prepared by the ILO Special Action Programme to combat forced labour. Second issue 2011

  14. Evaluation of the Special Action Programme to combat Forced Labour (SAP-FL) 2006-09

    10 January 2011

    Executive summary of the independent evaluation carried out in 2010

  15. Rights on the Line - Human Rights Watch

    11 December 2010

    HRW documented labour exploitation and barriers to redress for migrants in agriculture, domestic work, and construction in Indonesia, Malaysia, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States. Immigration sponsorship systems in many countries give employers immense control over workers and lead to migrants being trapped in abusive situations or unable to pursue redress through the justice system.

  16. The International Law of Human Trafficking

    15 November 2010

    This book presents the first-ever comprehensive and in-depth analysis of the international law of human trafficking. Anne T. Gallagher calls on her direct experience working within the United Nations to chart the development of new international laws on this issue. She links these rules to the international law of state responsibility as well as key norms of international human rights law, transnational criminal law, refugee law, and international criminal law, in the process identifying and explaining the major legal obligations of states with respect to preventing trafficking, protecting and supporting victims, and prosecuting perpetrators.

  17. Report from the European Commission on the residence permit issued to victims of trafficking in human beings

    15 October 2010

    Study on the implementation of the Directive 2004/81/EC, adopted in 2004, on the residence permit issued to third-country nationals who are victims of trafficking in human beings or who have been the subject of an action to facilitate illegal immigration, who cooperate with the competent authorities

  18. Study on forced labour in Poland

    01 October 2010

    The study was produced and published in the framework of the FREED project “Transnational Multi-Stakeholder Action to combat trafficking in human beings for the purpose of labour exploitation: Identification and protection of victims". (Report in Polish)

  19. Code of Conduct Applied to Vietnamese enterprises sending workers for overseas employment

    01 October 2010

    This Code of Conduct, prepared by the Vietnam Association of Manpower supply, presents the fundamental principles which Vietnamese enterprises recruiting workers for overseas employment should comply with. It is based on Vietnam legislation, ILO Conventions and Recommendations and other relevant international instruments and on the actual context of Vietnam.

  20. Report of the Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery, including its causes and consequences - Mission to Brazil

    30 August 2010

    The Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery, including its causes and consequences, Gulnara Shahinian, conducted an official mission to Brazil from 17 to 28 May 2010. She noted the positive and substantial role that ILO has played in working with all stakeholders in Brazil to combat slave labour. She calls on the international community to continue to support its work, and that of notable and experienced non-government organizations in Brazil.