News on forced labour

July 2023

  1. ILO supports Indonesia’s joint labour inspection in the fishing sector to prevent forced labour at sea

    05 July 2023

    The ILO through its 8.7 Accelerator Lab programme has supported Indonesia to improve working conditions of fishers and prevent forced labour through the establishment of joint labour inspection system and strengthened coordination between labour and fisheries inspectors.

  2. Drogba warns about African footballers’ dreams that turn into nightmares

    05 July 2023

    Ivorian football star, Didier Drogba, has warned young, aspiring African footballers about the dangers of exploitation and human trafficking – part of a campaign run by the ILO, the International Federation of Professional Footballers’ Associations (FIFPRO) and the Didier Drogba Foundation. The campaign aims to raise awareness of the risks facing young footballers hoping to realize their dreams of playing in the big leagues abroad.

June 2023

  1. An Indonesian student warns her community of the risks of forced labour at sea

    28 June 2023

    The communications trainings of the ILO’s 8.7 Accelerator Lab programme have inspired a 20-year-old communications student to campaign about labour rights of fishers in her fishing community to break the longstanding myth about working at sea.

  2. ACCEL Africa Paves the Way for Change in Cote d'Ivoire's Cocoa and Gold Mining Value Chains

    27 June 2023

    The ACCEL Africa project recently concluded its capitalization workshop, marking an important milestone in its goal to accelerate action or elimination of child labour in the cocoa and artisanal gold mining value chains in Côte d'Ivoire.

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    Brunei Darussalam joins the global movement against forced labour

    14 June 2023

    Brunei Darussalam becomes the 181st country in the world to ratify the Forced Labour Convention, 1930 (No. 29)

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    Mexico renews commitment against forced labour

    13 June 2023

    With the ratification of the Protocol of 2014 to the Forced Labour Convention, Mexico becomes the 60th country in the world to ratify this important instrument.

  5. To bring social justice to all we must end child labour

    12 June 2023

    On World Day Against Child Labour, 12 June 2023, the ILO Director-General, Gilbert F. Houngbo calls on the international community to support greater social justice and step up the fight against child labour.

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    Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant workers subjected to forced labour by Russian forces, say trade unions

    01 June 2023

    The ILO expresses grave concerns about civilian casualties and the severe impact of the Russian Federation aggression on workers and employers who risk their lives to continue working and operating.

May 2023

  1. ILO support to Ukraine during the war

    31 May 2023

    From the start of the aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine, the ILO, thanks to the flexibility of its donors, repurposed its ongoing programmes to respond to the challenges posed by the war.

  2. Province of Central Java to establish a Joint Inspection Team for Labour Norms in fisheries sector

    29 May 2023

    The Joint Inspection Team will enhance the fishing industry and provide the better protection for workers in the fishing sector, particularly those who work on board fishing vessels.