is a form of servile labor under which the serfs perform
unpaid labor for their lord. Classical serfdom of
the type which existed in ancient Greece and in most of
Europe during the Middle Ages still subsists in
parts of South Asia, particularly in Pakistan, and also
in Nepal, where the haruwaris are serfs who must perform
such labor obligations as their lord directs.
the form of serfdom which existed in Tsarist Russia
(which was often quite different from classical serfdom)
is still a potent form of servitude in South Asia, where
it is known as bonded labor.
Article 1(b) of the Supplementary Convention on the
Abolition of Slavery, the Slave Trade, and Institutions
and Practices Similar to Slavery 1956, parties to the
Convention are required to adopt measures to bring about
the complete abolition of serfdom.
As serfdom is an institution which is in decay, the
Society is not currently operating any program in Asia
dealing with this issue>
to sites dealing with other servile conditions falling
short of slavery:
to other pages dealing with slavery:
slavery still exist?
modern African slave trade
Hierodulic Servitude in South Asia
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