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Exploitation of labour through illicit and clandestine trafficking

Publisher UN General Assembly
Author UN General Assembly
Publication Date 15 November 1972
Citation / Document Symbol A/RES/2920
Reference Twenty-seventh Session
Cite as UN General Assembly, Exploitation of labour through illicit and clandestine trafficking, 15 November 1972, A/RES/2920, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3b00f04b58.html [accessed 19 September 2014]

XXVII. RESOLUTIONS ADOPTED ON THE THIRD COMMITTEE
2920. Exploitation of labour through illicit and clandestine trafficking

The General Assembly,

Recalling the provisions of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination,[1]

Recalling the provisions of Economic and Social Council resolution 1706 (LIII) of 28 July 1972 concerning illicit trafficking in foreign labour,

Noting that some States have acceded to the Convention concerning Migration for Employment (Revised 1949),[2] adopted by the International Labour Conference at its thirty-second session,

Noting with interest resolution IV of 27 June 1972, adopted by the International Labour Conference at its fifty-seventh session, concerning conditions and equality of treatment of migrant workers,

Deeply concerned by the de facto discrimination of which foreign workers are the victims in certain countries of Europe and of other continents, despite the efforts made by certain Governments, particularly at the legislative level, to prevent and repress it,

1. Calls upon the Governments of the above-mentioned countries to take or supervise the application of measures to put an end to the discriminatory treatment of which migrant workers in their territory are the victims and particularly to ensure the improvement of arrangements for receiving such workers;

2. Invites all Governments to ensure respect for the provisions of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination;

3. Recommends that the Commission on Human Rights should consider the question of the exploitation of labour through illicit and clandestine trafficking at its next session, as provided in Economic and Social Council resolution 1706 (LIII), as a matter of priority;

4. Invites the International Labour Organisation to continue the studies it has begun on illicit trafficking in foreign labour, which is a form of exploitation, and to strengthen international machinery for the protection of migrant workers;

5. Urges the Governments which have not yet done so to give high priority to the ratification of the Convention of the International Labour Organisation concerning Migration for Employment (Revised 1949), in the context of their efforts to eliminate illicit trafficking in foreign labour.

2085th plenary meeting
15 November 1972



[1] Resolution 2106 A (XX).

[2] International Labour Organisation, Conventions and Recommendations, 1919-1966 (Geneva, 1966), Convention No. 97, p. 743.

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