News on forced labour

November 2007

  1. Slavery, Poverty and Social Exclusion - CO/DFID/ILO/ASI high-level Conference

    Ministers from the FCO and DFID, in conjunction with the International Labour Organisation and Anti-Slavery International, hold a high-level conference with especially invited representatives of civil society, business, trade unions and international organizations, to examine the relationship between slavery, poverty and social exclusion, including how the fight against poverty and human rights violations can support the elimination of forced labour and slavery, facilitating better linkages between the various sectors which have a role to play in eradicating contemporary forms of slavery and identifying specific actions that can be taken to help reduce slavery.

October 2007

  1. Human Dimension Implementation Meeting

    The HDIM is Europe's largest human rights conference and is a forum where representatives from government, civil society and international organizations discuss the implementation of OSCE commitments in the human dimension. One of the sessions focused on forced labour and trafficking

  2. UK High-Level Conference to Examine the Links between Poverty, Slavery and Social Exclusion

    31 October 2007

    Why should development and donor agencies, whose major concern tends to be poverty reduction, specifically address such concerns as forced labour, slavery and slavery-like practices? And if they can be persuaded to do so together with their multiple other concerns, what can they best do in practice? This paper throws out some thoughts on both these two points, and aims to map out some kind of development agenda for action against modern forced labour and slavery. Moreover, beyond the interventions of governments and inter-governmental agencies concerned with development and poverty reduction, it also considers what can be done by civil society actors including NGOs, the business community and trade unions.

  3. Is Slavery the price of Globalization?

    30 October 2007

    An interview of Beate Andrees by Ulrike Mast-Kirschning for the Deutsche Welle radio (in German)

  4. Forced Labour, Slavery and Poverty Reduction: Challenges For Development Agencies by Roger Plant, DFID, London, 30 October 2007

    30 October 2007

    Presentation to UK High-Level Conference to Examine the Links between Poverty, Slavery and Social Exclusion; Foreign and Commonwealth Office and DFID, London, 30 October 2007

  5. Appointment of a Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery

    30 October 2007

    During its last session in September 2007, “deeply concerned that the minimum estimate of the number of people in slavery is over 12 million”, the Human Rights Council (HRC) decides to appoint, for a three-year period, a Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery, including its causes and its consequences. The Special Rapporteur shall examine and report on all contemporary forms of slavery and slavery-like practices, focus principally on aspects of contemporary forms of slavery which are not covered by existing mandates of the Human Rights Council; promote the effective application of relevant international norms and standards on slavery; request, receive and exchange information on contemporary forms of slavery, and recommend actions and measures applicable at the national, regional and international levels to eliminate slavery practices wherever they occur. The new Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery is expected to be appointed by the HRC during its 7th session in March 2008. The Consultative Groups will submit the short list of candidates to the President by the beginning of February 2008 and will consult the public list of candidates in the weeks before. All relevant stakeholders are thus invited to submit their candidates at their earliest convenience.

  6. Council of Europe Convention against Trafficking in Human Beings will enter into force

    29 October 2007

    The Council of Europe Convention against Trafficking in Human Beings (CETS n° 197) will enter into force on 1 February 2008, following the ratification by Cyprus as the tenth country to ratify it. On this occasion Terry Davis, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, made the following statement: “The Convention is deliberately hard on traffickers and makes a clear difference for the victims of this crime. These victims will be offered comprehensive assistance and protection of their human rights. Europe is finally going to use this new and far-reaching instrument to fight this modern form of slavery." The main features of the new Convention include: · compulsory assistance measures and a recovery and reflection period of at least 30 days for the victims of trafficking, · the possibility to deliver residence permits to victims not only on the basis of cooperation with the law enforcement authorities, but also on humanitarian grounds; · the possibility to criminalise “the clients”; · a non-punishment clause for the victims of trafficking; · a strengthened international cooperation system and an independent monitoring mechanism, GRETA, which will monitor the proper implementation of the Convention by the Parties.

  7. New initiative (ILO-UNDP-Government of Japan-EC) to prevent human trafficking and promote effective migration governance in Tajikistan

    17 October 2007

    The International Labour Organization (Office), in cooperation with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), has launched a new project of sustainable community development in Tajikistan in order to prevent trafficking in human beings. The Government of Japan, through the UN Trust Fund of Human Security, funds the two-year project with over 1 Million US$.

  8. Trafficking For Forced Labour: ILO Approaches by Roger Plant, U.S. Congress, Washington, 11 October 2007

    11 October 2007

    Testimony to the U.S. Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, hearing on “Combating Trafficking for Forced Labour Purposes in the OSCE Region”, U.S. Congress, Washington, 11 October 2007

September 2007

  1. Human Trafficking: How best to stem the flow?

    The Conference dealt with the most effective immigration, policing, and judicial strategies to reduce human trafficking, the international cooperation, aid and technical assistance, the links to forced labour, the border measures needed, the prosecution of criminal gangs, the retrafficking cycle, and the support to victims of trafficking.