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Convention Concerning the Abolition of Forced Labour, Entry into force: 17 Jan 1959



The General Conference of the International Labour Organization, having been convened at Geneva by the Governing Body of the International Labour Office, and having met in its Fortieth Session on 5 June 1 957, and having considered the question of forced labour, which is the fourth item on the agenda of the session, and having noted the provisions of the Forced Labour Convention, 1930, and having noted that the Slavery Convention, 1926, provides that all necessary measures shall be taken to prevent compulsory or forced labour from developing into conditions analogous to slavery and that the Supplementary Convention on the Abolition of Slavery, the Slave Trade and Institutions and Practices Similar to Slavery ,1956, provides for the complete abolition of debt bondage and serfdom, and having noted that the Protection of Wages Convention, 1949, provides that wages shall be paid regularly and prohibits methods of payment which deprive the worker of a genuine possibility of terminating his employment, and having decided upon the adoption of further proposals with regard to the abolition of certain forms of forced or compulsory labour constituting violation of the rights of man referred to in the Charter of the United Nations and enunciated by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and having determined that these proposals shall take the form of an international Convention, adopts this twenty -fifth day of June of the y ear one thousand nine hundred and fifty -seven the following Convention, which may be cited as the Abolition of Forced Labour Convention, 1 957: