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The Czech Republic – determined to fight against forced labour

June 9, 2016

With a strong track record of passing legislation to combat modern slavery, the Czech Republic ratifies the Forced Labour Protocol.

Ceskyraj Hrubaskala

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The Czech Republic has demonstrated its commitment to ending modern slavery by becoming the seventh country to ratify the Forced Labour Protocol.

It joins three other European countries to have ratified the Protocol since it was unanimously adopted by the International Labour Conference in 2014. The United Kingdom, Norway and France have also ratified.

‘Nearly 21 million people worldwide are trapped in forced labour. We are delighted that the Czech Republic has signalled its determination to join the global drive to end this scourge once and for all,’ said Beate Andrees, Chief of the International Labour Organization’s Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work Branch, which implements programmes to combat forced labour.

The Czech Republic has already developed a strong legal and institutional framework to combat trafficking in persons. In 2003, the country adopted its first National Strategy to Combat Trafficking in Human Beings and established a National Rapporteur. It also established a Programme to Support and Protect Victims of Trafficking in Human Beings, which provides assistance to victims of trafficking for sexual and labour exploitation.

It ratified the Forced Labour Convention, 1930 (No.29), when it became a Member of the ILO in 1993, and the Abolition of Forced Labour Convention, 1957 (No. 105), in 1996.

The Forced Labour Protocol is a legally-binding treaty that requires governments to adopt new measures designed to prevent modern slavery, protect its victims and guarantee them access to justice and compensation.