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Bosnia and Herzegovina renews its commitment to eradicate modern slavery

October 1, 2018

By ratifying the ILO Forced Labour Protocol, Bosnia and Herzegovina commits to take effective measures to prevent forced labour, protect its victims and ensure that they have access to justice and remedies.

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Bosnia and Herzegovina becomes the 26th country to ratify the Forced Labour Protocol, and the 16th country in Europe to do so.

The ratification follows a number of measures taken by the country to combat forced labour in all its forms, including the adoption of several action plans to combat human trafficking since 2001, encompassing a number of areas such as prevention, prosecution, protection of victims and cooperation. Bosnia and Herzegovina has strengthened its legal framework, through the adoption in 2015 and 2016 of amendments to the Penal Code, which introduced the criminal offenses of international human trafficking, organized cross border trafficking and international procuring in prostitution. The government has also taken measures to enhance protection and assistance of victims, including the possibility for victims to be granted temporary residence permits (Law No. 36/08) and the right to access the labour market and education (Law November 2015).

By ratifying the Protocol, Bosnia and Herzegovina commits to take effective measures to prevent forced labour, protect its victims and ensure that they have access to justice and remedies, and to report to the ILO on its implementation.