News on forced labour

March 2020

  1. Italy adopts the first National Plan to tackle labour exploitation in agriculture

    11 March 2020

    Developed with the technical support from the International Labour Organization and the European Commission, the Plan consists of a strategy to operationalize the national policy to prevent and tackle labour exploitation, illegal recruitment and forced labour in agriculture.

  2. Lithuania renews commitment to combat forced labour

    06 March 2020

    Lithuania has ratified the Protocol of 2014 to the Forced Labour Convention becoming the 45th ILO member State to do so

February 2020

  1. Justices of the Peace, allies in the fight against forced labour in Peru

    17 February 2020

    As part of its efforts to eliminate forced labour in Peru’s Amazon region, the ILO is working in collaboration with the most affected communities.

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    Forced and child labour in Uzbek cotton fields continues to fall

    05 February 2020

    Systematic and systemic child and forced labour were not used by the Uzbekistan government during the 2019 cotton production cycle, according to a new ILO report.

January 2020

  1. Combatting Forced Labour in the Thai Fishing and Seafood Industry

    06 January 2020

    Thailand’s ratification of the 2014 Protocol to the Forced Labour Convention (P29) – the first country in Asia to do so – marked an important shift in the country’s fishing and seafood industry. These changes were a product of tripartite debates in which stakeholders have weighed in on the proposed ratification and changes to Thai law, and is a powerful signal to workers, employers and trading partners in the region of Thailand’s commitment to confront the problem of forced labour.

December 2019

  1. New Zealand renews commitment toward the elimination of forced labour

    16 December 2019

    New Zealand has ratified the Protocol of 2014 to the Forced Labour Convention becoming the 43rd ILO member State to do so

  2. Unions in Ukraine join the campaign to end violence and harassment at work

    05 December 2019

    Trade unions in Ukraine have shown strong committment to ending violence and harassment in the world of work.

  3. ILO calls for unity to end modern-day slavery

    02 December 2019

    On the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, Channel Africa's Zikhona Miso spoke to the ILO's forced labour senior specialist, Luiz Machado about what can be done to eliminate forced labour around the world.

November 2019

  1. Countries in Asia and the Pacific drive action to end child labour, forced labour and human trafficking

    22 November 2019

    Asia-Pacific countries committed to accelerate action and strengthen collaboration to ensure that all women, men, girls and boys are free from child labour, forced labour and human trafficking.

  2. Asia Regional Conference on reaching SDG Target 8.7: Eradicating forced labour, human trafficking and child labour