Sudan becomes the 50th country to ratify the ILO Protocol on Forced Labour!
April 7, 2021
Thanks to Sudan’s ratification of the ILO Protocol on Forced Labour, the 50 for Freedom campaign reaches its landmark target.
Photo: Third cataract of the Nile, Sudan (© Christopher Michel)
On 17 March 2021, Sudan became the 50th country to ratify the ILO Protocol on Forced Labour, later celebrated in a virtual deposit ceremony on 26 March 2021.
The Sudanese Ambassador, Ali Ibn Abi Talib Abdelrahman Mahmoud, presented the instrument of ratification of the Protocol to ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder,together with two others ILO Conventions.
The Sudanese ambassador stressed the importance of the moment. “These ratifications confirm our commitment to work on strengthening democracy, peace and stability with the support of the international community,” he said. “Creating opportunities for decent work and addressing the social and economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic present a joint challenge that must be addressed in a tripartite manner by the state, workers and employers, where social dialogue plays a very important role.”
This ratification also marks the achievement of the initial target set by the 50 for Freedom campaign, which was to convince the first 50 countries to ratify the ILO Protocol on Forced Labour.
The ILO Forced Labour Protocol calls on ratifying States to adopt effective measures to prevent and eliminate forced labour, including trafficking in persons, debt bondage and slavery. These measures should provide victims with protection and access to appropriate and effective remedies, such as compensation. They should include sanctions on the perpetrators of forced or compulsory labour. It is estimated that 25 million men, women and children are still in forced labour today.
“Sudan’s renewed commitment to eliminate forced labour and take specific action to combat trafficking is a fitting tribute to the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, which we just commemorated,” added Guy Ryder.* “With these ratifications, Sudan is actively contributing to the achievement of decent work and to the attainment of the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.”
*The International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade is celebrated on the 25 March.