Sudan becomes the 50th country to ratify the ILO Protocol on Forced Labour!
Thanks to Sudan’s ratification of the ILO Protocol on Forced Labour, the 50 for Freedom campaign reaches its landmark target.
50 for Freedom forced labour campaign reaches landmark target
Fifty countries have shown their commitment to eradicate contemporary forms of slavery by ratifying the ILO Forced Labour Protocol. The ratifications have met an initial target set by the 50 for Freedom campaign, which urges governments to take action on forced labour. Sudan became the fiftieth country to ratify.
Chile reaffirms its commitment to eradicate forced labour
Chile ratified the ILO Forced Labour Protocol, becoming the third country in South America to pledge to eradicate forced labour.
Portugal reiterates its commitment to combat forced labour
Portugal ratified the ILO Protocol on forced labour, hence joining the 47 other countries that already committed to combat forced labour in all its forms.
Costa Rica reaffirms its commitment to eradicating forced labour
On 16 November 2020, Costa Rica became the 47th country worldwide to ratify the Forced Labour Protocol and the fifth to do so in Latin America and the Caribbean. Costa Rica reinforces its firm commitment to combat all forms of forced labour by this ratification and joins the global movement to fight this scourge.
ILO launches a new toolkit to support national efforts against forced labour
As the most vulnerable people are the hardest hit by the social and economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis, it is all the more urgent to prevent them from forced labour and protect them from abusive and fraudulent recruitment practices.
Watch a real life story of modern slavery
Watch a short extract from the award-winning film 'The Boss: Anatomy of a Crime', produced and directed Sebastián Schindel and staring Joaquin Furriel.
Kyrgyzstan reaffirms its commitment to combat forced labour
As vulnerable workers are the most affected by the COVID-19 crisis all over the world, Kyrgyzstan demonstrates its determination to end forced labour.
Lithuania renews commitment to combat forced labour
Lithuania has ratified the ILO Protocol on Forced Labour, becoming the 45th country worldwide and the 18th from the European Union, hence making a strong commitment to eradicate forced labour.
Tajikistan committed to combat forced labour
On January 24th, 2020, the Republic of Tajikistan ratified the ILO Forced Labour Protocol, hence becoming the 44th country in the world to do so.
Modern slavery goes against what New Zealand stands for
New Zealand made a strong commitment against modern slavery, by ratifying the ILO Protocol on Forced Labour. It became the forty-third country worldwide to ratify the Protocol, and the third one from the Asia and Pacific region.
Malawi ratifies ILO Forced Labour Protocol
Malawi has ratified the ILO Forced Labour Protocol, becoming the 42nd country worldwide to do so. The ILO Forced Labour Protocol calls on countries to take effective measures to prevent forced labour, protect victims and ensure their access to justice.
Côte d'Ivoire renews it commitment to international labour standards
On 1st November 2019, the Government of Côte d'Ivoire ratified the ILO Forced Labour Protocol, bringing the total number of ratifications to 41.
“Forced labour is unacceptable, it has no place in modern Uzbekistan”
Uzbekistan boosts commitment to eradicate forced labour by ratifying the ILO 2014 Protocol on Forced Labour
Austria renews commitment to combat forced labour
On 12 September 2019, Austria became the 39th country worldwide to ratify the ILO Forced Labour Protocol.
Belgium joins the global movement to combat forced labour
Belgium ratified the ILO Protocol on forced labour, hence joining the 37 other countries that already committed to combat forced labour in all its forms. Photo: Max Mayorov
Lesotho determined to fight modern slavery
On 22 August 2019, Lesotho became the 37th country to ratify the ILO Protocol on Forced Labour, hence committing to taking effective measures on protection, prevention, and access to justice. Photo: Chiemgau Biking
“Forced labour and human trafficking cannot be tolerated” says Germany
On 19 June 2019, Germany confirmed its determination to combat modern slavery by ratifying the ILO Protocol on Forced Labour.
Canada determined to fight modern slavery
On 17 June 2019, the Government of Canada became the 35th country to ratify the ILO Protocol on Forced Labour, which requires countries to take effective measures on protection, prevention, and access to justice. Photo: JD Hascup
Madagascar steps up action against modern slavery
On June 2019, Madagascar ratified the ILO Protocol on Forced labour, which requires countries to take effective measures on to prevent forced labour, protect its victims and ensure their access to justice, including compensations. Photo: Aurore Antoine
Suriname commits to ending modern slavery
On 3 June 2019, the Government of Suriname ratified ILO Protocol on Forced Labour, thereby becoming 4th country in Latin America to ratify the Protocol, and the 33rd worldwide.
Zimbabwe reaffirms its commitment to eradicate modern slavery
Zimbabwe gave a clear sign of its determination by becoming the 32nd country to ratify the ILO Protocol on Forced Labour.
Sri Lanka renewed commitment to combat forced labour
Sri Lanka ratified the ILO Protocol on Forced Labour, becoming the 31st country doing so and marking the ILO Centenary.
Malta steps up the fight against forced labour
Malta has become the 30th country worldwide to ratify the ILO Protocol on Forced labour
Ireland ratifies ILO protocol to combat forced labour, slavery and trafficking
Ireland becomes the 29th country to ratify the ILO Forced Labour Protocol
Russian Federation’s Renewed Commitment to combat forced labour
The Russian Federation becomes the 28th country to ratify the ILO Forced Labour Protocol
Israel determined to combat modern slavery
27th country to ratify the Protocol, the government of Israel has expressed its willingness to act jointly with the global community “to end modern slavery in all its ugly forms”.
Bosnia and Herzegovina renews its commitment to eradicate modern slavery
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.
Mozambique commits to fight modern slavery
Mozambique has ratified the Forced Labour Protocol, thereby committing to take effective measures to prevent forced labour, protect the victims and guarantee that they have access to justice.
Thailand joins the global movement to combat forced labour
Thailand is the first country in Asia to ratify the ILO's Forced Labour Protocol and becomes the 24th country globally.
Djibouti is determined to fight modern slavery
Djibouti has ratified the Forced Labour Protocol, the twenty-third country, and the fifth African Union Member State, to do so.
New online ratings help migrant workers avoid unscrupulous recruiters
A new web platform, aimed at migrant workers, provides peer-to-peer reviews of recruitment agencies. By helping migrants avoid falling for false promises, the website is an important tool to combat modern slavery.
Latvia brings us closer to the 50forFreedom goal
It becomes the 22nd country to ratify the Forced Labour Protocol.
The strength of tripartism: ratifying the Forced Labour Protocol
Only 21 countries have ratified the ILO Forced Labour Protocol since it was overwhelmingly adopted in 2014. Ed Potter and Yves Veyrier, who were respectively vice chairs of the Employer and Worker group in the Committee which led to its adoption, are worried about the slow pace of ratification. Today, they call on all countries to ratify the Forced Labour Protocol.
Namibia continues ‘fight against the evil’ of forced labour
In ratifying the Forced Labour Protocol, Namibia continues to shed the yoke of its oppressive past, says its Minister of Labour.
Which countries have ratified so far?
Twenty countries have ratified the ILO Forced Labour Protocol.
Switzerland reaffirms its commitment to combating all forms of forced labour
Switzerland became the 20th country to ratify the ILO Forced Labour Protocol, following the publication of the ILO’s new estimates, according to which there are 24.9 million victims of forced labour throughout the world, including 4.8 million victims of sexual exploitation.
Spain joins the global movement to combat forced labour
Spain has become the 19th country worldwide and the 13th in Europe to ratify the ILO Forced Labour Convention Protocol, demonstrating its firm commitment to taking action and giving a new impetus to combating forced labour in all its forms.
40 million in modern slavery say new global estimates
With the data for both forced labour and forced marriage included in the figures for the first time, a more accurate picture of modern slavery has emerged.
The Netherlands gives impetus to the global effort to eradicate all forms of forced labour
Strengthening their efforts in fighting human trafficking, the Netherlands ratifies the ILO Forced Labour Protocol.
Denmark takes action on forced labour
Denmark becomes the eleventh European country to ratify the Forced Labour Protocol, reinforcing its commitment to combat modern slavery in all its forms.
Sweden joins the global movement against forced labour
The momentum is building among countries to put an end to modern slavery
Iceland gives impetus to the global effort against forced labour
It becomes the latest European country to ratify the Forced Labour Protocol, bringing the total in the region to nine.
Jamaica takes the lead in the Caribbean in the fight against modern slavery
Jamaica ratifies the Forced Labour Protocol, during the International Labour Conference in Geneva, becoming the 14th country to do so worldwide.
A journey through past and present-day slavery
The Copenhagen Workers’ Museum in Denmark is staging an exhibition, entitled “Stop Slavery”, on past and present-day slavery. The museum Director Søren Bak-Jensen spoke with the 50FF team.
Poland renews its commitment to combat all forms of forced labour
Poland is the thirteenth country to ratify the Forced Labour Protocol, and the eighth European Union member state to do so.
Cyprus bolsters action against modern slavery
It becomes the twelfth country to ratify the Forced Labour Protocol, strengthening existing anti-slavery national legislation.
Finland pledges to combat forced labour
Finland has given a clear sign of its commitment to combat forced labour by becoming the eleventh country to ratify the 2014 Forced Labour Protocol.
Estonia commits to combat forced labour
Estonia has become the tenth country to ratify the Forced Labour Protocol
Argentina steps up fight against forced labour
Argentina has ratified the Forced Labour Protocol in the lead-up to hosting the Global Conference on Child Labour and Forced Labour in 2017.
Landmark Forced Labour Protocol enters into force
Ratifying countries are now obliged to implement the treaty and report on measures taken.
Panama takes the lead in the Americas in the fight against forced labour
The Protocol will require the government to take new measures to tackle modern slavery in all its forms.
The Czech Republic - determined to fight against forced labour
With a strong track record of passing legislation to combat modern slavery, the Czech Republic ratifies the Forced Labour Protocol.
Anti-slavery fight is bolstered by French ratification
Along with France, three European countries have now ratified the Forced Labour Protocol.
Mali becomes the third African country to ratify the Protocol
Mali has ratified the Protocol of 2014 to the Forced Labour Convention
Mauritania commits to ending modern slavery
Mauritania has ratified the 2014 Protocol to the Forced Labour Convention
United Kingdom joins renewed fight to end forced labour
The campaign for the ratification of the Forced Labour Protocol gains momentum with the ratification of the United Kingdom.
50 for Freedom hits the campaign trail
Since its Geneva launch in June, 2015, the 50 for Freedom campaign has staged events around the world - including London, Lusaka, Buenos Aires, Addis Ababa and Paris.
Norway has signed up to end modern slavery
Norway is the second country to ratify the ILO Forced Labour Protocol, strengthening the global effort to eradicate modern slavery.
Niger makes history as first country to ratify the Protocol on Forced Labour
The West African nation of Niger made history this year by becoming the first country to ratify ILO’s Forced Labour Protocol.
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