News on forced labour

December 2007

  1. Human trafficking in Moldova: the trade of human misery

    20 December 2007

    In Moldova, desperation, poverty, and high unemployment make young girls and women easy prey for traffickers, who promise them well paid jobs abroad. In a co-production with Rockhopper TV, ILO TV tells the story of Maria, forced to work illegally in Russia.

  2. BWI and ILO sign agreement to end forced labour in the wood and forestry industry in the Andean countries

    15 December 2007

    Both organisations commit to organize these vulnerable workers and raise awareness on their fundamental rights at work, particularly in Bolivia and Peru.

  3. Regional agreement of cooperation between the GUFs in Panama and ILO/ACTRAV regional office in order to fight against forced labour

    05 December 2007

    Carlos Salguero, BWI regional representative for Latin America and Caribbean signed the regional agreement of co-operation with the ILO and ACTRAV regional office in order to fight against forced labour in our sectors. The agreement was welcomed by the other GUFs.

November 2007

  1. The role of labour inspectors in combating human trafficking and forced labour in Europe

    The meeting serves as a kick-of for ILO’s initiative to strengthen the role of labour inspectors in the national response against forced labour and trafficking. In the framework of this initiative, the ILO is currently developing comprehensive training materials to be used by labour inspectors.

  2. 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.