Thailand to sign protocol preventing forced labor
The Protocol, adopted by an overwhelming majority at the International Labour Conference in 2014.
Thailand's endorsement of an international protocol to prevent and eliminate forced labour reflects Thailand’s intention to improve labor standards, the country's government said.
The Protocol, adopted by an overwhelming majority at the International Labour Conference in 2014, reinforces the international legal framework for combating all forms of forced labor, including trafficking in persons and calls on ratifying states to take measures to prevent forced labor, protect victims and ensure their access to remedies and compensation.
Thailand becomes the 24th country worldwide and the first in Asia to ratify the instrument.
According to global estimates, there are 24.9m victims of forced labor throughout the world, of whom 4.8m are victims of sexual exploitation. Several economic sectors are affected, including domestic work, construction, manufacturing, agriculture, and fishing.
The draft Prevention and Elimination of Forced Labour Act, which is the organic law that incorporates measures defined in the Protocol, will be instrumental in ensuring that cooperative endeavors bear concrete results in the elimination of forced labor and further guarantee decent employment opportunities for all workers in the country.