News on forced labour

October 2018

  1. Eliminating child and forced labour in the cotton, textile and garment value chains

    On 20 November, a workshop will bring together key stakeholders to discuss possible approaches to eliminate child and forced labour in the cotton industry.

  2. Businesses and Fair Recruitment: promoting responsible business conduct via the joint ILO-EU REFRAME project

    The Regional Multi-stakeholder Forum: Responsible Business Conduct for Safe Labour Migration in ASEAN, supported by the joint ILO-EU REFRAME project, brought together over 90 participants ASEAN ministries in charge of migration and people trafficking, ASEAN Inter-Governmental Commission on Human Rights, migrant workers’ organisations, employers’ associations, recruitment agencies, trade unions, women’s groups, civil society organisations, and think-tanks. The forum highlighted good practices and policies at government and company levels to ensure that unfair, exploitative or abusive labour practices of private companies’ partners, suppliers or sub-contractors are addressed, including unethical recruitment.

  3. Media and the Fair Recruitment Initiative: ILO and IFJ engage journalists on ethical reporting

    The ILO held a workshop in collaboration with IFJ on media reporting on forced labour and fair recruitment. The workshop gathered professional journalists and media trainers from fifteen different countries. During the workshop, the Toolkit on Media reporting on Forced Labour and Fair Recruitment was reviewed by the participating journalists and its practical dissemination and utilization by the media in both departure and destination countries involved in international recruitment processes was discussed. It was the opportunity for fruitful exchanges of experience that will enrich the Toolkit and build its momentum on the way to its release.

September 2018

  1. Value Chain Analysis: Joint Project for Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labour in Kyrgyzstan

    20 September 2018

    The JIA Business Association and the International Labour Organization are joining efforts to implement a pilot project in Kyrgyzstan to empower vulnerable families and eliminate the worst forms of child labour.

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    ILO continues rigorous monitoring of Uzbekistan cotton harvest

    20 September 2018

    A statement in response to a report by Lasslett and Gstrein on the monitoring of Uzbekistan’s cotton harvest.

August 2018

  1. Sustainable Development Goals High on Trade Union Agenda

    30 August 2018

    In June – August 2018, the Trade Union Federation of Kyrgyzstan (TUFK) with support of the International Labour Organization held workshops across the country on the role and policies of Kyrgyz trade unions in achieving sustainable development goals (SDG). The conclusive meeting took place on August 29 in Karakol, Issyk-Kul.

July 2018

  1. Unveiling slavery

    24 July 2018

    American humanitarian photographer Lisa Kristine discusses her work over the past 30 years documenting indigenous cultures and social issues such as modern slavery.

  2. Media Reporting on Forced Labour and Fair Recruitment

    The media has a key role to play in supporting public awareness against all kinds of forced labour and promotion of fair recruitment. Media can be key influencers, affecting public perceptions about forced labour and labour migration. News coverage may help bring a cause into the mainstream by engaging people, creating the public mobilization and support to drive policy changes.

  3. Malaysia develops its capacity to address forced labour

    02 July 2018

    The International Labour Organization held a workshop on 26-28 June 2018 to help develop the capacities of judges and legal practitioners to fight forced labour in Malaysia.

June 2018

  1. Tripartite Meeting of Experts on Defining Recruitment Fees and Related Costs

    The ILO Governing Body at its 331st Session agreed to convene in November 2018 a three-day “Tripartite Meeting of Experts on Defining Recruitment Fees and Related Costs”, with the objective to review, amend and adopt draft definitions on recruitment fees and related costs developed by the Office based on a global comparative study and thorough analysis by the Office of definitions of recruitment fees and costs; and recommend ways to disseminate and use the adopted definition at the international and national levels by constituents.
    Please note that this Meeting is by invitation only and not open to the public.