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International Legislation

International Legislation

The Forced Labour Convention (C29)

Adopted on 28 June 1930 and entered into force on 1 May 1932

The Convention was the first international instrument which required the suppression of enforced labour in all its forms. The Forced Labour Convention paved the way for the 1956 Supplementary Convention on the Abolition of Slavery, the Slave Trade, and Institutions and Practices Similar to Slavery.

The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)

The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) adopted by the UN General Assembly on 18 December 1979, is often described as an international bill of rights for women. It entered into force as an international treaty on 3 September 1981 after the twentieth country had ratified it.

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Model Law against Trafficking in Persons

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Vienna, 2009, 100 pages

The UNODC Model Law against Trafficking in Persons was developed by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to assist States in implementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime.

It is designed to be adaptable to the needs of each State, whatever its legal tradition and social, economic, cultural and geographical conditions.

World Declaration on the Survival, Protection and Development of Children (1990)

The World Declaration on the Survival, Protection and Development of Children, agreed at the World Summit for Children on 29-30 September 1990, stresses the joint commitment to give every child a better future. The participants committed themselves to a 10-point programme to protect the rights of children and to improve their lives. It was also decided to adopt and implement a Plan of Action.

Plan of Action for Implementing the World Declaration on the Survival, Protection (1990)

On 29-30 September 1990, the World Summit adopted a Declaration on the Survival, Protection and Development of Children and a Plan of Action for implementing the Declaration in the 1990s. With the Convention on the Rights of the Child as the overall framework, the Plan of Action sets out actions on national and international level.

Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse

Opened for signature on 25 October 2007

The Convention is the first treaty to establish the various forms of sexual abuse of children as criminal offences, including trafficking in children, and harmonises the legal framework to combat sexual abuse against children in various forms.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948)

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on December 10, 1948. The Declaration represents the first global expression of rights to which all human beings are entitled. It consists of 30 articles which have been elaborated in subsequent international treaties, regional human rights instruments, national constitutions and laws.

1921 International Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Women and Children

The 1921 International Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Women and Children (1921 Convention) was concluded and adopted under the auspices of the newly established League of Nations. Primarily, this Convention built on the recommendations contained in the Final Act of the International Conference, which was summoned by the Council of the League of Nations between June 30 and July 5, 1921.

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