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International Labour Organization: Forced Labor Protocol to Come into Effect Next Year

(Dec. 3, 2015) The Protocol to the Forced Labor Convention, first adopted at a conference held by the International Labor Organization (ILO) in 2014, will come into effect on November 9, 2016. That date is 12 months after the protocol received its second ratification, from Norway, following a prior ratification by Niger.  (Norway Ratification Clinches […]

International Labour Organization: Standards for the Informal Economy Proposed

(July 1, 2015) On June 12, 2015, the International Labour Organization (ILO) announced its first standards for assisting laborers in the informal market; the document is in the form of a recommendation. (ILO Adopts Historic Labour Standard to Tackle the Informal Economy, ILO website (June 12, 2015).) The goals, as stated in the document, are […]

International Labour Organization: Domestic Workers Convention

(Sept. 9, 2013) On September 5, 2013, the Domestic Workers Convention came into effect. It extends basic labor rights to domestic workers worldwide. The Convention, developed by the International Labour Organization (ILO), had to be ratified by two ILO Member States to come into force; as of September 5, eight countries have ratified it (Bolivia, […]

International Labour Organization: Maritime Labour Convention in Force

(Aug. 21, 2013) The Maritime Labour Convention of 2006 came into force on August 20, 2013, having been ratified by 47 countries. (MLC – Maritime Labour Convention 2006, NORMLEX (International Labour Organization (ILO) website); Ratifications of MLC – Maritime Labour Convention 2006, NORMLEX (last visited Aug. 16, 2013).) The ILO states that the agreement “establishes […]

International Labour Organization: Global Labor Standard on HIV/AIDS Adopted

(June 21, 2010) On June 17, 2010, the International Labour Organization (ILO), the United Nations body devoted to labor issues, adopted a standard on HIV and AIDS. The action came during the ILO annual meeting and is the first time an international human rights document has focused on the disease and how it is handled […]

International Labour Organization; Netherlands: Conference on Child Labor

(May 11, 2010) On May 10, 2010, a two-day conference opened in The Hague to discuss a campaign to end the worst forms of child labor. The conference's 450 participants from 80 countries have called for these practices to be eliminated by the year 2016. (Global Conference Calls for Renewed Efforts to Eliminate the Worst […]