News on forced labour

February 2021

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    ILO calls on Myanmar to respect freedom of association and restore democratic order

    10 February 2021

    In the wake of the military takeover that has sparked widespread demonstrations in Myanmar, the Director-General of the International Labour Organization says workers and employers must be able to exercise their right to protest without violence or threats.

January 2021

  1. Systemic forced labour and child labour has come to an end in Uzbek cotton

    29 January 2021

    Almost two million people are recruited every year for the annual cotton harvest in Uzbekistan. The country managed to accelerate the fight against child and forced labour during the 2020 cotton production cycle, according to a new ILO report.

  2. Chile ratifies the Protocol to Convention No. 29, reaffirming its commitment to fight against forced labour

    20 January 2021

    Chile ratified the ILO Protocol of 2014 to the Forced Labour Convention, 1930 . With the culmination of this process, Chile becomes the third country in South America to take on the challenge of moving forward to become a country free of forced labour.

  3. Decent work for fishing and seafood migrant workers in Asia Pacific

    20 January 2021

    European Union and United Nations continue efforts to support safe labour migration and decent work in the fishing and seafood processing sectors in South East Asia

November 2020

  1. Remarks by ILO Director-General Guy Ryder

    16 November 2020

  2. Fundamental rights for a better future of work

    12 November 2020

    Core work-related rights and principles can play a vital role in recovery from the COVID-19 crisis and help build a better, more equitable, world of work, says a new ILO report.

October 2020

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    Fundamental rights at work can help build back better from COVID-19

    28 October 2020

    Core work-related rights and principles can play a vital role in recovery from the COVID-19 crisis and help build back a better, more equitable, world of work, according to a new ILO paper.

August 2020

  1. Joaquín Furriel: Slavery has no place in the modern world!

    24 August 2020

    On International Day for Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition, actor Joaquín Furriel talks about the stark realities of modern slavery and how the pandemic might lead to more incidences of forced labour and abuse and jeopardize the freedom of those already vulnerable. We have to mobilize citizen and public policy action.

  2. Alliance 8.7 celebrates the universal ratification of ILO Convention No. 182

    13 August 2020

    Anousheh Karvar, Chair of the Global Partnership against Child labour, Forced labour, Human trafficking and Modern Slavery (Alliance 8.7) commends the work and commitment of the ILO, its member States and its social partners in achieving the universal ratification of ILO Convention No. 182 on the Worst Forms of Child Labour. She calls on everyone to seize this opportunity to eradicate all forms of child labour by 2025, in accordance with SDG 8.7.

  3. Virtual launch: Reporting on Forced Labour and Fair Recruitment - An ILO Toolkit for Journalists

    12 August 2020