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Join in to Demand Government of India to Endorse Protocol to the Forced Labour Convention, 1930 (No. 29)

Join in to Demand Government of India to Endorse Protocol to the Forced Labour Convention, 1930 (No. 29)

According to ILO’s new global estimates (2012) nearly 21 million people are victims of forced labour across the world, trapped in jobs which they were coerced into. The Asia-Pacific region accounts for the largest number of forced labourers in the world – 11.7 million (56 per cent), followed by Africa at 3.7 million (18 per cent) and Latin America with 1.8 million victims (9 per cent).

The International Labour Organization (ILO) will have its 103rd International Labour Conference (ILC) on 28 May-12 June 2014. The focus of the discussion is the standard-setting item on the elaboration of a Protocol to the Forced Labour Convention, 1930 (No. 29), supplemented by a Recommendation, or of an autonomous Recommendation, on action to end forced labour.

The decision to include the elaboration of a Protocol on the agenda of the Conference was a result of the ILO Governing Body’s 317th Session in March 2013 “to address implementation gaps to advance prevention, protection and compensation measures, to effectively achieve the elimination of forced labour” This decision followed the first recurrent discussion on fundamental principles and rights at work in June 2012, and a Tripartite Meeting of Experts on Forced Labour and Trafficking for Labour Exploitation in February 2013. The conclusions of the 2012 Conference discussion called for “a detailed analysis, including through the possible convening of meetings of experts to identify gaps in existing coverage of ILO standards with a view to determining whether there is a need for standard setting to: (i) complement the ILO’s forced labour Conventions to address prevention and victim protection, including compensation; and (ii) address human trafficking for labour exploitation”.
The Government of India has not yet publicised its position. Government of India may only propose a Recommendation and not a Protocol. Recommendation is not binding. Since, India has already ratified Forced Labour Conventions; India must take leadership role in supporting a Protocol.

A protocol will ensure that the member states to have in place:
• A national policy or plan of action to eliminate forced labour
• Effective and comprehensive measures for identification, release and full recovery of all victims of forced labour
• All victims have full access to legal remedies including compensation
• Strengthen the role of inspection with regards to forced labour and implementation of relevant laws and regulations
• Protection of victims from possible punishment of crime they have been forced to commit due to their forced labour situation
• Various members to cooperate with each other with a view to eliminate all forms of forced labour

• Measures for

o Coherent employment and migration policies that address risks faced by workers particularly those in irregular work
o Basic social security guarantees
o Reducing trade in goods and services that are produced using forced labour
o Eliminating abuses and fraudulent practices by placement services

A protocol will be extremely useful in securing the rights of Indians working in other countries and will also show our resolve to address forced labour practices in the country.

We, the under signed, urge Government of India, not to compromise on its leadership in global developments, and take proactive role in ensuring the adoption of a Protocol to the Forced Labour Convention during the ILC 2014 (May 28 – June 12) for the prevention of forced labour and protection and compensation of victims.

- NCCI Communications

2014 Easter Common Prayer of the Churches of South and North Korea

2014  Easter Common Prayer of the Churches of South and North Korea

O God, who makes leaves bud on withered branches and life sprout on barren   ground, we praise and give you thanks for your amazing love which gives us hope for reunification by the resurrection of Jesus Christ. We know that death is not the end of things, but the very beginning, because of the resurrection of our Lord. We dream of the resurrection of our people through peaceful reunification of the Korean peninsula, going beyond the present reality of national division. Reveal your power to us so that our earnest wish will be fulfilled.

O Lord! The situation of the Korean peninsula is severely affected by the powerful surrounding countries and our people suffer from mutual distrust and hostility. The people who have been wounded by the division and those who still suffer from separated families are crying out louder and louder. Let us know that this crying out is the sighing of the Holy Spirit. Let us overcome our wounds and pains and be your instruments to achieve peace and coexistence.

O Lord of resurrection! We are eager to stop the military drills on land and sea surrounding the Korean peninsula which intensify the conflict and opposition between the two Koreas. Establish your peaceful kingdom on earth wherein the people can communicate without any obstacle. Pour your grace on us so that we can be united and overcome the revival of Japan's military ambition.

We give glory and thanks to you, for you have invited us to participate in the incredible event of resurrection. We believe that the resurrected Lord ordered us to break down all human-made walls and we want to follow the Lord's will. Encourage us and be with us as you once walked with the dispirited disciples to Emmaus. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ who had been raised by God and who wants the peace and reunification of Korea. Amen


Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014.

This prayer was sent by Rev. Dr. Kim Young-Ju, (General Secretary, The National Council of Churches in Korea) with this message:

The National Council of Churches in Korea has written the ‘2014 Easter Common Prayer of the Churches of South and North Korea’ with the cooperation of the Korea Christian Federation. The NCCK has annually made an Easter Common Prayer with the KCF as we live in God’s promise, expecting peace and reunification on the Korean peninsula.

I hope that world churches will use the Easter Common Prayer for Easter Sunday. Please pray for peace and reunification on the Korean peninsula.

The cooperation of your churches and organizations for the future of the Korean peninsula will be the imperative factor in achieving reunification in the spirit of ecumenical solidarity.