labor is a practice of compulsory labor exacted by a
state or by agencies of a state, other than as a
punishment for a criminal offence. It was quite
common in the French, German, Belgian, Portuguese and
Spanish colonies in Africa, and, to a lesser degree, in
the British colonies (where the inhabitants performed
such labor in lieu of taxation).
it involves the forcible recruitment by the Tatmadaw
(the Burmese army) of small farmers, their wives and
children to work as human mine-detectors, porters and
also involves people who have been imprisoned without
trial in labor reform camps in China and North Korea
because of their religious or political beliefs.
Article 1 of Convention (No 29) concerning Forced Labour
1930, parties to the Convention undertake to suppress
the use of forced labor.
Under Article 1 of the Convention (No 105) concerning
the Abolition of Forced Labour 1957, parties to the
Convention undertake to suppress and not to make use of
forced labor as a means, inter alia, of punishment for
holding or expressing political views or views
ideologically opposed to the established political,
social or economic system.
SOCIETY IN ACTION
publishes a Consumer Alert to alert consumers to
products which are made in horrific conditions by those
imprisoned by the Chinese government for their religious
or political beliefs.
IS THE SOCIETY IN ACTION
more information, read the Society’s
publication entitled Consumer Alert
($11.00). Price includes postage.
to other pages dealing with this issue:
forms of child labor
Children in the carpet weaving industry
rugs and carpets
made by child labor
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