C29 Forced Labour Convention.

On 2010-11-15, in Human Rights, by Paddy

C29 Forced Labour Convention.

I am indebted to Kathy for bringing the above document to my attention. It makes for very interesting reading for all those people who were forced to work in institutions run by the State and religious orders. One can’t help but wonder if the Irish government who are so reluctant to address the issue of the Magdalene laundries and Bethany homes, are aware of this document.

To our legislators, to religious orders and to anyone interested in the Human Rights of people I say, please read the C29 Forced Labour Convention by clicking on the link above.

You may also find the link below of interest.

Article 4 of the European Convention of Human Rights (1950) as well as Article 11 of the International Labour Organisation Forced Labour Convention (1930), both of which were ratified by Ireland


3 Responses to “C29 Forced Labour Convention.”

  1. Paddy,
    May I point out the articles below?
    The problem however is, we in Germany could not find proof yet, that it was in fact slave/forced labor. The churches and the Round Table (like the redress board) called it therapeutic occupation for young people. The stipulation of “slave or forced labor” needs to be determined by a judge of the human rights court.

    The European Convention on Human Rights
    No one shall be subjected to torture or to inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
    1. No one shall be held in slavery or servitude.
    2. No one shall be required to perform forced or compulsory labour.
    3. For the purpose of this article the term forced or compulsory labour’ shall not include:
    o (a) any work required to be done in the ordinary course of detention imposed according to the provisions of Article 5 of this Convention or during conditional release from such detention;
    o (b) any service of a military character or, in case of conscientious objectors in countries where they are recognized, service exacted instead of compulsory military service;
    o (c) any service exacted in case of an emergency or calamity threatening the life or well-being of the community;
    o (d) any work or service which forms part of normal civic obligations.


  2. robert says:

    absalutely crystal clear paddy

  3. Portia says:

    Article 4

    1″. The competent authority shall not impose or permit the imposition of forced or compulsory labour for the benefit of private individuals, companies or associations.”

    Paddy, it is crystal clear.