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C105 - Abolition of Forced Labour Convention, 1957 (No. 105)
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The General Conference of the International Labour Organisation,
Having been convened at Geneva by the Governing Body of the International Labour Office, and having met in its Fortieth Session on 5 June
1957, 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 a 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 year one thousand nine hundred and fifty-seven the following Convention, which may be cited as
the Abolition of Forced Labour Convention, 1957:

Article 1
Each Member of the International Labour Organisation which ratifies this Convention undertakes to suppress and not to make use of any form of
forced or compulsory labour-(a) as a means of political coercion or education or as a punishment for holding or expressing political views or views ideologically opposed to
the established political, social or economic system;
(b) as a method of mobilising and using labour for purposes of economic development;
(c) as a means of labour discipline;
(d) as a punishment for having participated in strikes;
(e) as a means of racial, social, national or religious discrimination.

Article 2
Each Member of the International Labour Organisation which ratifies this Convention undertakes to take effective measures to secure the
immediate and complete abolition of forced or compulsory labour as specified in Article 1 of this Convention.

Article 3
The formal ratifications of this Convention shall be communicated to the Director-General of the International Labour Office for registration.

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