News on forced labour

June 2020

  1. Serj Tankian: COVID-19 can increase instances of child labour

    15 June 2020

    On World Day against Child Labour, Serj Tankian, a celebrated musician, calls upon all countries, governments, and partners to act decisively against child labour. He says that the pandemic can push back the progress done to get children out of child labour.

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    COVID-19 may push millions more children into child labour – ILO and UNICEF

    12 June 2020

    Child labour down by 94 million since 2000, a gain now under threat.

  3. ILO team up with trade unions to protect fishers from COVID-19 pandemic and human trafficking

    12 June 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the vulnerability of fishers and make them at higher risks of being trapped in human trafficking. The ILO team up with trade unions in fishing sector to raise their awareness about the pandemic and the danger of trafficking.

  4. Vietnam renews commitment to combat forced labour

    10 June 2020

    Convention No. 105 is the seventh ILO fundamental Convention ratified by Vietnam

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    Southeast Asian Forum for Fishers strengthen efforts to better protect migrant fishers

    03 June 2020

    To strengthen the protection of migrant fishers in the Southeast Asia, SEA Forum for Fishers emphasized the need for streamlined coordination at both national and regional levels during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

May 2020

  1. SKILL-UP NIGER: Towards empowering women victims of modern slavery through skills development

    18 May 2020

    The International Labour Organization (ILO), with the support of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, have launched a project in Niger to empower victims of forced labour through skills development.

March 2020

  1. 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

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    Hope and better prospects for a former bonded labourer in Nepal

    09 January 2020

    Hundreds of former bonded labourers in western Nepal are benefiting from vocational training under an innovative International Labour Organization scheme. Birendra Chaudhary, now a fully trained and well-paid plumber, is one of them.