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Serfdom


Tibetan serfs

Serfdom 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.

However, 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. 

Under 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>

 

 





Links to sites dealing with other servile conditions falling short of slavery:

Bonded child labor

Servile concubinage

Forced labor


Links to other pages dealing with slavery:

Does slavery still exist?

What is slavery?

The modern African slave trade

Child Hierodulic Servitude in South Asia


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SLAVERY SLAVE
TRADE
HUMAN
SACRIFICE

BONDED
LABOR

HIERODULIC
SERVITUDE

TRAFFICKING

CHILD
LABOR

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