New Zealand has ratified the ILO’s Protocol on Forced Labour

Published: 12 December 2019

The Government has announced that New Zealand has ratified the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) Protocol on Forced Labour.

New Zealand is the 43rd country to ratify the protocol, which aims to strengthen global efforts towards combating forced labour, trafficking and slavery-like practices.

Ratifying the Protocol signals that New Zealand places high importance on addressing forced labour and other forms of modern slavery. It commits New Zealand to taking steps to stop forced labour, provide protection and redress for victims, and prosecute perpetrators.

The Government has also committed to updating New Zealand’s Plan of Action on People Trafficking, to make sure that it covers forced labour and other modern forms of slavery.

Read more about New Zealand’s participation with the ILO.

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