News on forced labour

August 2007

  1. ILO/ITUC Inter-Regional Conference on Trade Union Action and Strategies on Forced Labour and Trafficking

    The inter-regional conference will be discussing an international trade union strategy in the fight against forced labour and trafficking. The objectives are to give to all participants a clear view on all aspects of different forms of forced labour and trafficking, their adverse effects on the labour market and the role of the trade union movement in fighting the phenomenon, defining what the main means of action of trade unions are on a (sectoral) local, national, regional and international level.

July 2007

  1. Tbilisi, Georgia: Launch of the regional project "Development of comprehensive anti-trafficking response in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia"

    12 July 2007

    This regional ILO project, implemented in partnership with the OSCE and ICMPD, will be launched on the 19 July 2007 in Tbilisi, Georgia. The project offers measures leading to a long-term perspective against trafficking in human beings in the Southern Caucasus by contributing to and enhancing National Action Plans and the legal framework against THB in all three countries, and by fostering regional and international cooperation. It aims at awareness raising among stakeholders and potential victims. The project will involve labour market institutions in preventive action and improve identification, protection and assistance of victims trafficked for the purpose of sexual and labour exploitation. Since human trafficking mainly occurs in the context of irregular migration, the project proposes a range of measures that aim at promoting legal migration. It will contribute to increased dialogue and cooperation among government agencies, social partners and NGOs in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia as well as major destination countries. The project is funded under the European Commission’s TACIS Programme, which provides grant-financed technical assistance to countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia. It will be implemented over a period of two years. Additional co-funding will be provided by ILO and partner organisations.

  2. ILO/ACFTU Workshop on Labour standards and fight against forced labour at workplace

    The workshop will address the role of trade unions in the prevention and eradication of forced labour. The whole training will be based on the principles and provisions of ILO labour standards esp. Conventions No.29 and No.105. The seminar will include 40 trade unionists from the local affiliations of the ACFTU, the All-China Federation of Trade Unions, a mass organization of the working class formed voluntarily by the Chinese workers and staff members.

  3. New UN initiative to fight human trafficking and poverty in Tajikistan

    09 July 2007

  4. Collection of legal cases - Call for contributions

    05 July 2007

    SAP-FL is collecting and analyzing forced labour and human trafficking cases that have been prosecuted by criminal courts in various domestic jurisdictions. The aim of this project is to develop materials that will help in the training of judges, prosecutors, lawyers and legal educators on future prosecution of forced labour and human trafficking crimes. All contributions are welcome. For more information contact Rosanna Carreon at g3declaration@ilo.org

June 2007

  1. Workshop on research and statistics on trafficking in human beings

    This workshop was organised jointly by OSCE and the ILO, in the framework of the EC/TACIS programme which covers Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. It tackles the current collection of data and further needs on trafficking in human beings in Georgia.

  2. Building a Global Alliance against Forced Labour

    By the end of this five-day training, participants are knowledgeable about the characteristics of different forms of forced labour and trafficking in all their aspects, around the world, and about the main means of action and partnerships required to combat them at the national, regional and global levels. Particular attention will be given to the analysis of NAPs and of relevant measures: legislative action, law enforcement and prevention, to better combat against forced labour and trafficking.

May 2007

  1. UK Action Plan on Tackling Human Trafficking

    09 May 2007

    This UK action plan pulls together the work currently underway to tackle trafficking across government, and creates a platform for future work to combat this ongoing problem. It aims to balance protecting and assisting victims with enforcement work that cracks down on the organised crime groups responsible for much of the trafficking. It gives specific attention to forced labour, acknowledging the needs of increasing enforcement and intelligence activity to deal with trafficking for forced labour.

  2. Launch of the Project for the Elimination of human trafficking from Moldova and Ukraine

    09 May 2007

    On 12 March 2007, the ILO project "Elimination of human trafficking from Moldova and Ukraine through labour market based measures" , funded by the EC, and implemented in partnership with ICMPD was officially launched in Moldova with the participation of the Deputy Minister for Economy and Trade, Mr. Sainciuc, and the head of the EC Delegation Moldova, Mr. Berizzi. The launch was attended by 80 participants, inter alia representatives of the Ministry of Social Protection, Child and Family, members of parliament, representatives of workers and employers organisations and of international organisations. An agreement on the implementation of the project between the Ministry of Economy and Trade as well as ILO was signed. The event was widely reported in the national media, including TV, radio and print media.

  3. Forced Labour to be included in trade deals

    09 May 2007

    WASHINGTON, May 10 — The Bush administration reached agreement on Thursday with the House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, and other Democrats to attach environmental and worker protections in several pending trade accords. The unusual agreement, which came after weeks of negotiations, would guarantee workers the right to organize, ban child labor and prohibit forced labor in trading-partner countries. It would also require trading partners to enforce environmental laws and comply with several international environmental agreements. It has immediate importance for four countries — Colombia, Panama, Peru and South Korea — that are seeking to enter into trade pacts with the United States. But officials in Washington predicted that the agreement’s effect would go beyond those countries and could be a template for all trade deals, including a possible worldwide accord. (The New York Times, Steven R. Weisman)