ROME, 21 March 2021 – Sudan has become the fiftieth country to ratify the International Labor Organization (ILO) Forced Labor Protocol (P29).
Sudan joins eleven other African countries that have already ratified the protocol, viz: Cote d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger and Zimbabwe.
In ratifying P29, Khartoum committed to take effective measures to prevent forced labor, protect victims, and ensure their access to justice and remedies, including compensation.
With 50 countries now signatories to the protocol, the world is closer to achieving the target UN Sustainable Development Goal 8.7 of eradicating forced labor.
The International Labour Organization Director-General, Guy Ryder, celebrated the milestone in a statement, cautioning the need for effective implementation if these ratifications are to combat modern slavery.
“If we are to achieve [this] target… we must follow up with careful implementation in every region, every country, every village, and make sure no one is left behind,” Ryder told Reuters news agency.
While it is important to celebrate these successes, many more ratifications are needed, Ryder explained.
The ILO estimates that 25 million people worldwide are victims of forced labor and is concerned that the number has grown significantly as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Over 100,000 Freedom United supporters and their partners at United Nations Association of New York have led the sign-up campaign.