UN.GIFT aims to mobilize state and non-state players to eradicate human trafficking by reducing both the vulnerability of potential victims and the demand for exploitation in all its forms; ensuring adequate protection and support to those who do fall victim, as well as efficient prosecution of the criminals involved. The Vienna Forum to Fight Human Trafficking will take place in Vienna, Austria, 13-15 February 2008, to raise awareness about human trafficking. More than 1’000 participants are awaited.
15 January 2008
At its last session (12-14 December 2007), the ITUC General Council endorsed a plan of action for future trade union activities in the areas of forced labour and trafficking. This decision was an essential step in the establishment of a Global Trade Union Alliance against Forced Labour and Trafficking, a process initiated in April 2007. More specifically the General Council approved the action points listed hereunder and “urged all affiliates to integrate them into their work programmes as appropriate in their national circumstances”.
20 December 2007
In Moldova, desperation, poverty, and high unemployment make young girls and women easy prey for traffickers, who promise them well paid jobs abroad. In a co-production with Rockhopper TV, ILO TV tells the story of Maria, forced to work illegally in Russia.
BWI and ILO sign agreement to end forced labour in the wood and forestry industry in the Andean countries
15 December 2007
Both organisations commit to organize these vulnerable workers and raise awareness on their fundamental rights at work, particularly in Bolivia and Peru.
Regional agreement of cooperation between the GUFs in Panama and ILO/ACTRAV regional office in order to fight against forced labour
05 December 2007
Carlos Salguero, BWI regional representative for Latin America and Caribbean signed the regional agreement of co-operation with the ILO and ACTRAV regional office in order to fight against forced labour in our sectors. The agreement was welcomed by the other GUFs.
The meeting serves as a kick-of for ILO’s initiative to strengthen the role of labour inspectors in the national response against forced labour and trafficking. In the framework of this initiative, the ILO is currently developing comprehensive training materials to be used by labour inspectors.
Ministers from the FCO and DFID, in conjunction with the International Labour Organisation and Anti-Slavery International, hold a high-level conference with especially invited representatives of civil society, business, trade unions and international organizations, to examine the relationship between slavery, poverty and social exclusion, including how the fight against poverty and human rights violations can support the elimination of forced labour and slavery, facilitating better linkages between the various sectors which have a role to play in eradicating contemporary forms of slavery and identifying specific actions that can be taken to help reduce slavery.
The HDIM is Europe's largest human rights conference and is a forum where representatives from government, civil society and international organizations discuss the implementation of OSCE commitments in the human dimension. One of the sessions focused on forced labour and trafficking
31 October 2007
Why should development and donor agencies, whose major concern tends to be poverty reduction, specifically address such concerns as forced labour, slavery and slavery-like practices? And if they can be persuaded to do so together with their multiple other concerns, what can they best do in practice? This paper throws out some thoughts on both these two points, and aims to map out some kind of development agenda for action against modern forced labour and slavery. Moreover, beyond the interventions of governments and inter-governmental agencies concerned with development and poverty reduction, it also considers what can be done by civil society actors including NGOs, the business community and trade unions.
30 October 2007
An interview of Beate Andrees by Ulrike Mast-Kirschning for the Deutsche Welle radio (in German)