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Help end forced labor

Western Australian Minister for Industrial Relations Bill Johnston receiving our P29 petition
World Day Against Trafficking in Persons - Calling for an end to Forced Labor, Petition Hand In
Mind The Gap / Exposing the gaps between Int standards and lived experiences of modern slavery
Round-table at the French Mission to the United Nations
Ambassador Rodrigo A. Carazo of Costa Rica accepting our Forced Labour Protocol petition
January 2020: Round-table at the French Mission to the United Nations
December 2019: Panel discussion with the Costa Rica Mission to the United Nations
Freedom United

Your country must act quickly to adopt and implement the international law1 to prevent abuses, protect victims, as well as punish those that profit from forced labor.

We have already waited decades for this tough new global standard against forced labor. The people trapped on farms, in mines, in factories and in all the other places where forced labor flourishes shouldn’t have to wait while our policy-makers drag their heels to put this law into practice.

All countries must prioritize this effort to end forced labor: call on the Government of your country to adopt this law immediately. 

This law — known as the Protocol of 2014 to Convention 292 — creates new responsibilities for governments in the fight against forced labor, the key measures cover:3

  1. Prevention. Governments are obligated to create national action plans to tackle forced labor and support business to root out and respond to forced labor in their supply chains.
  2. Better protection for victims. This includes the safeguarding of vulnerable migrant workers against fraudulent and abusive recruitment practices.
  3. Justice. Victims are now protected from prosecution for crimes they may have committed as a direct result of their forced labor. They also have access to justice, including the ability to claim for compensation for the abuses they have experienced, where they occurred.

Our collective voice can keep forced labor on the agenda and ensure swift action by the Government of your country. Act now!

Learn more by visiting our landing page.

Ratified countries (59) as of March 2022: 

Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Chile, Comoros, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Czechia, Côte d’Ivoire, Denmark, Djibouti, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Jamaica, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lesotho, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Mozambique, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Niger, Norway, Panama, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Sierra Leone, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Thailand, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan, and Zimbabwe.

  • April 2, 2022: Big news! Australia finally ratifies the Forced Labour Protocol. We handed in 100,000+ Freedom United petition signatures to Australia’s UN Ambassador Mitch Fifield and sent our petition to the Western Australian parliament. They have responded to our collective voice! Now the Forced Labour Protocol is signed, we look forward to the benefits of stronger protections.

  • May 26, 2021: The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has ratified the ILO Forced Labour Protocol. They are the first Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) country to ratify the Protocol, which calls on all ILO Member States to eradicate modern slavery in all its forms.

  • March 18, 2021: Luxembourg became the 51st country to ratify the Forced Labour Protocol.

  • March 17, 2021: Today, the 50 for Freedom campaign reached its target! 50 countries have now ratified the ILO Forced Labor Protocol. Read about our activities under ‘Updates’ below.

  • January 19, 2021: Chile ratified the Forced Labour Protocol. The Protocol will enter into force for Chile on 19 Jan 2022.

  • Jun 17, 2014: Campaign Launches

Chip in and help end modern slavery once and for all.

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3 years ago

Corporations only exist to make profits and are not required by our leaders to take any responsibility for their impacts on people’s lives or the environment. Sadly, they can continue to do business because we continue to buy their “edible food-like substances” and their cheap consumer goods. We want to have all the latest fashions, newest gadgets and drive around in gas guzzling vehicles. If we all stopped buying their crap it would get their attention pretty quickly.

Steve Barton
Steve Barton
3 years ago
Reply to  Judy

Absolutely agree Judy.

3 years ago
Reply to  Judy

Just thinking in the same way. We, the consumers, have a big responsibility but this will take a long time till we can stop slavery for ever on this world. Through actions like FREEDOMUNITED we can at least cooperate to end slavery in our own country and when more and more governments will act in this way, we can hope that modern slavery will end sooner all over the world. This is a long way to beginn firmly, honestly and together!

3 years ago
Reply to  Judy

Couldn’t have said it better!

Roger Penney
3 years ago

Many years ago Britain stopped the slave trade (1807). in 1834 we stopped slavery itself in the British Empire. To our shame it is all coming back in every vile and ugly form, with some more even more disgustingly vile features.

Maureen A Absten
Maureen A Absten
5 years ago

STOP sex slave trade all over the world

Lyn Spraggons
5 years ago

Its just reprehensible that in 2017 we still enslave,torture and put humans to work like “pit ponies” and we managed to rescue most of the ponies but these unfortunate people are mislead into a life of hell,through no fault of their own!! Its sickening and must be stopped at all costs!!!

4 years ago
Reply to  Lyn Spraggons

Genau das denke ich auch bravo für deinen Post…

Janet S Beaton
5 years ago

I think these government just close their eyes to what is going on should stop aid to these countries until the get their act together

5 years ago
Reply to  Janet S Beaton

Slavery happens 8n every single country in the world.

Call on your government to adopt the international law to end forced labor

Help us reach 150,000 actions

I call on my Government to immediately ratify the Protocol of 2014 to the Forced Labour Convention No. 29, 1930.

I hope I can count on you to make forced labor history.

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