Article 4
1. This Convention shall be binding only upon those Members of the International Labour Organisation whose ratifications have been registered
with the Director-General.
2. It shall come into force twelve months after the date on which the ratifications of two Members have been registered with the Director-General.
3. Thereafter, this Convention shall come into force for any Member twelve months after the date on which its ratification has been registered.

Article 5
1. A Member which has ratified this Convention may denounce it after the expiration of ten years from the date on which the Convention first
comes into force, by an act communicated to the Director-General of the International Labour Office for registration. Such denunciation shall not
take effect until one year after the date on which it is registered.
2. Each Member which has ratified this Convention and which does not, within the year following the expiration of the period of ten years
mentioned in the preceding paragraph, exercise the right of denunciation provided for in this Article, will be bound for another period of ten years
and, thereafter, may denounce this Convention at the expiration of each period of ten years under the terms provided for in this Article.

Article 6
1. The Director-General of the International Labour Office shall notify all Members of the International Labour Organisation of the registration of
all ratifications and denunciations communicated to him by the Members of the Organisation.
2. When notifying the Members of the Organisation of the registration of the second ratification communicated to him, the Director-General shall
draw the attention of the Members of the Organisation to the date upon which the Convention will come into force.

Article 7
The Director-General of the International Labour Office shall communicate to the Secretary-General of the United Nations for registration in
accordance with Article 102 of the Charter of the United Nations full particulars of all ratifications and acts of denunciation registered by him in
accordance with the provisions of the preceding Articles.

Article 8
At such times as it may consider necessary the Governing Body of the International Labour Office shall present to the General Conference a report
on the working of this Convention and shall examine the desirability of placing on the agenda of the Conference the question of its revision in
whole or in part.

Article 9
1. Should the Conference adopt a new Convention revising this Convention in whole or in part, then, unless the new Convention otherwise
provides:
(a) the ratification by a Member of the new revising Convention shall ipso jure involve the immediate denunciation of this Convention,
notwithstanding the provisions of Article 5 above, if and when the new revising Convention shall have come into force;
(b) as from the date when the new revising Convention comes into force this Convention shall cease to be open to ratification by the
Members.
2. This Convention shall in any case remain in force in its actual form and content for those Members which have ratified it but have not ratified
the revising Convention.

Article 10
The English and French versions of the text of this Convention are equally authoritative.

See related
Key Information
Convention concerning the Abolition of Forced Labour (Entry into force: 17 Jan 1959)
Adoption: Geneva, 40th ILC session (25 Jun 1957)
Status: Up-to-date instrument (Fundamental Convention).
Convention may be denounced: 17 Jan 2029 - 17 Jan 2030

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