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Tajikistan committed to combat forced labour

March 4, 2020

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.

Photo: The Nurek Reservoir, Tajikistan (© Ninara)

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The ratification of the Protocol is the result of a long process started in 2017 under the auspices of the Ministry of Labour, Migration and Employment with the support of the ILO.

Following a first awareness-raising workshop, a working group was set up, allowing in-depth consultations with key national stakeholders, relevant ministries, the Federation of Independent Trade Unions and the Union of Employers, the Inter-agency Coordination Council for Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labour, the Agency on Statistics under the President of the Republic of Tajikistan, international organizations (UNICEF, IOM, OSCE) as well as non-governmental such as “Save the Children and others.

Participants not only examined the compliance of national legislation with the Forced Labour Protocol, but also studied the economic consequences of ratification, including budget allocation needed to ensure effective implementation.

Tajikistan had already ratified all ILO fundamental conventions. The ratification of the Forced Labour Protocol, after several events and workshops, demonstrates a well-thought commitment of the Government and social partners of Tajikistan in addressing this issue.

The ILO estimates that nearly 25 million people worldwide are victims of forced labour. The Forced Labour Protocol requires ratifying States to take appropriate steps to prevent forced labour, to protect victims and ensure their access to justice and compensation. This ratification brings us one step closer towards reaching the target of the 50 for Freedom campaign of 50 ratifications.