Publications
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Publications

  1. Declaration Overview

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

  1. UN.GIFT Guide - Human Trafficking and Business: Good practices to prevent and combat human trafficking

    12 July 2010

    Guide published by the United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking, with the collaboration of the UNODC, ILO, IOM, UNGC, as well as the International Cocoa Initiative (ICI), Manpower, Apparel Export Promotion Council, The Code, The Body Shop International and ECPAT International.

  2. SAP-FL Newsletter: Issue 1 - 2010

    10 July 2010

    Newsletter prepared by the ILO Special Action Programme to combat forced labour. First issue 2010

  3. ITUC Guide - How to Combat Forced Labour and Trafficking

    08 July 2010

    Guide published by the International Trade Union Confederation, with the support of the ILO Special Action Programme to combat forced labour.

  4. US Department of State Trafficking in Persons Report

    22 June 2010

    The 10th annual Trafficking in Persons Report outlines the continuing challenges across the globe, including in the United States, for the first time. This year’s report highlights several key trends, including the suffering of women and children in involuntary domestic servitude, the challenges and successes in identifying and protecting victims. The Department of State prepared this report using information from U.S. embassies, government officials, NGOs and international organizations, published reports, research trips to every region.

  5. Accelerating action against child labour; Global Report under the follow-up to the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work - 2010

    12 May 2010

    In its quadrennial Global Report on child labour, the ILO says that the global number of child labourers had declined from 222 million to 215 million, or 3 per cent, over the period 2004 to 2008, representing a “slowing down of the global pace of reduction.” The report also expresses concern that the global economic crisis could “further brake” progress toward the goal of eliminating the worst forms of child labour by 2016.

  6. Tsireledzani: understanding the dimensions of human trafficking in Southern Africa

    15 March 2010

    Research Report commissioned by the National Prosecuting Authority of South Africa. This report provides the first comprehensive assessment of human trafficking in South Africa.

  7. Trade unions and indigenous communities combating forced labour in the Peruvian Amazon region

    15 December 2009

    Case study prepared by Sanna Saarto, ILO’s Programme to Combat Forced Labour, Peru, for the guide to ILO Convention No. 169 “Indigenous and tribal peoples’ rights in practice”, Geneva, ILO, 2009.

  8. Labour migration and the emergence of private employment agencies in Tajikistan: A review of current law and practice

    01 December 2009

    Joint publication of the International Labour Organization and the International Organisation for Migration. This study is the first in-depth analysis of the normative framework regulating PrEAs in Tajikistan. It also describes practical experiences of the industry including various abusive practices that require the attention of law makers.

  9. Preventing Forced Labour Exploitation and Promoting Good Labour Practices in the Russian Construction Industry

    20 October 2009

    Joint report: International Labour Organization and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. The report should be seen as an initial attempt to analyse labour conditions in Russia’s construction sector and to discuss the feasibility of using the elements of corporate responsibility as tools to address some of the deficiencies, especially related to labour rights and the exploitation of migrant workers.

  10. “West-African court slavery judgement”, Article by Jeroen Beirnaert in International union rights

    05 October 2009

    Article of the Journal "International union rights", Volume 16 Issue 2 2009

  11. United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues – Mission report from Paraguay

    31 August 2009

    This report, undertaken under the mandate of the United Nations Permanent Forum and at the request of the Government of Paraguay, concludes that a system of forced labour exists in the Chaco region, along with grave violations of international instruments supported or ratified by Paraguay.

  12. United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues – Mission report from Bolivia

    31 August 2009

    This report, undertaken under the mandate of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and at the request of the Government of Bolivia, concludes that forced labour exists in the Chaco region, along with grave violations of international treaties ratified by Bolivia. The Mission appreciates the decision announced by Bolivian Government officials to adopt measures aimed at eradicating conditions and situations preventing the full exercise of human rights.

  13. Executive Summary "Forced labour: Coercion and exploitation in the private economy"

    19 August 2009

    This co-publication by the ILO and Lynne Rienner is based on more than six years of research and features case studies from Latin America, South Asia, Africa and Europe.

  14. Fighting forced labour: the example of Brazil

    15 July 2009

    For some fifteen years, since a new inter-ministerial body was created in 1995 to coordinate action against forced labour, Brazil has been addressing the problem with vigour and determination. It has done so in many ways, involving different government agencies, employers’ and workers’ organizations, civil society, the media, academic organizations and others.

  15. "Kilns of bondage", Frontline, India

    15 July 2009

    An ILO report on the exploitation of brick kiln workers in Tamil Nadu pushes the State government into action to end the practice of “debt bondage”.

  16. Recruitment of Pakistani Workers for Overseas Employment: Mechanisms, Exploitation and Vulnerabilities

    01 July 2009

    This study in Pakistan was commissioned against the backdrop of growing concern globally about the particular vulnerability of both regular and irregular migrant workers to exploitation, trafficking and forced labour. It was undertaken to inform dialogue between Asian sender and Middle Eastern destination countries, at a Gulf Forum on Temporary Contractual Labour held in Abu Dhabi in early 2008, along with a sister study addressing similar questions in Bangladesh.

  17. Unravelling the vicious cycle of recruitment

    29 May 2009

    This study in Bangladesh was commissioned against the backdrop of growing concern globally about the particular vulnerability of both regular and irregular migrant workers to exploitation, trafficking and forced labour. It was undertaken to inform dialogue between Asian sender and Middle Eastern destination countries, at a Gulf Forum on Temporary Contractual Labour, held in Abu Dhabi in early 2008, along with a sister study addressing similar questions in Pakistan. While provisional findings were first presented at that time, we are now pleased to publish the full findings of the research, following the launch of the ILO’s third global report on forced labour, entitled “The cost of coercion” on 12 May 2009.

  18. Measuring the Costs of Coercion to Workers in Forced Labour

    22 May 2009

    What are, in addition to the human suffering, the financial costs of coercion to people who work in forced labour? In other words, how much money is “stolen” from people in forced labour?

  19. Questions and answers on “The cost of coercion”, the 2009 ILO global report on forced labour

    22 May 2009

    The 2009 ILO global report on forced labour entitled “The cost of coercion” says that victims of forced labour lose an estimated USD 20 billion ever year in unpaid earnings. This and other findings provide a powerful economic argument for stepping up global action against forced labour.

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