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Evidence of existence of forced labour

Publisher UN General Assembly
Author UN General Assembly
Publication Date 7 December 1953
Citation / Document Symbol A/RES/740
Reference Eighth Session
Cite as UN General Assembly, Evidence of existence of forced labour, 7 December 1953, A/RES/740, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3b00f06958.html [accessed 24 November 2017]

VIII. RESOLUTIONS ADOPTED ON THE REPORTS OF THE THIRD COMMITTEE
740. Evidence of existence of forced labour

The General Assembly,

Recalling the determination of the peoples of the United Nations under the Charter to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights and in the dignity and worth of the human person,

Regretting that the Economic and Social Council at its sixteenth session was unable to consider the conclusions contained in the report [1] of the Ad Hoc Committee on Forced Labour,

Considering that systems of forced labour constitute a serious threat to fundamental human rights and jeopardize the freedom and status of workers in contravention of the obligations and provisions of the Charter of the United Nations,

Observing that the report of the Ad Hoc Committee on Forced Labour has now been placed on the agenda of the seventeenth session of the Economic and Social Council and of the 123rd session of the Governing Body of the International Labour Office,

Considering that in view of this delay there is still time for certain governments which have not yet done so to provide information in response to the Ad Hoc Committee's request for comments and observations on the allegations concerning them,

1. Affirms the importance which it attaches to the abolition of all systems of forced or "corrective" labour, whether employed as a means of political coercion or punishment for holding or expressing political views or on such a scale as to constitute an important element in the economy of a country;

2. Invites the Economic and Social Council and the International Labour Organisation, as a matter of urgency, to give early consideration to the report of the Ad Hoc Committee on Forced Labour at their next sessions with this aim in view;

3. Requests the Secretary-General to consult with governments which have not yet found it possible to provide information in response to the Ad Hoc Committee's request to the effect that they submit such information before the seventeenth session of the Economic and Social Council so that these replies may be brought to the attention of the Council;

4. Requests the Economic and Social Council to report on forced labour to the General Assembly at its ninth session.

468th plenary meeting,
7 December 1953.



[1] See document E/2431.

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