By Thetis Mangahas, Deputy Regional Director, ILO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, 27 June 2014
The 2014 International Labor Conference (ILC) stands out in my mind primarily with the adoption of the Forced Labor Protocol and its Supplementary Measures Recommendation. The new instruments constitute a major advance in the world’s movement against forced labor and its modern forms, more importantly as it targets the structural factors that make workers vulnerable to forced labor. The overwhelming number of positive votes at the ILC 2014 represents a strong endorsement of ILO’s global mandate on forced labour. Interestingly, the endorsement for the new Protocol and Recommendation supersedes the milestone convention on domestic workers in terms of the number of votes.
Though I went to the Conference to support the Regional Director and also undertake an assignment on the implementation of ILO internal reform measures, I had the happy privilege to witness at least 3 key ...