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R203 – Recommendation on supplementary measures for the effective suppression of forced labour, 2014 (No. 203)

‘3. Members should take preventive measures that include:
(a) respecting, promoting and realizing fundamental principles and rights at work;
(b) the promotion of freedom of association and collective bargaining to enable at-risk workers to join workers’ organizations;
(c) programmes to combat the discrimination that heightens vulnerability to forced or compulsory labour;
(d) initiatives to address child labour and promote educational opportunities for children, both boys and girls, as a safeguard against children becoming victims of forced or compulsory labour; and
(e) taking steps to realize the objectives of the Protocol and the Convention.‘
‘10. Protective measures for children subjected to forced or compulsory labour should take into account the special needs and best interests of the child, and, in addition to the protections provided for in the Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention, 1999 (No. 182), should include:
(a) access to education for girls and boys;
(b) the appointment of a guardian or other representative, where appropriate;
(c) when the person’s age is uncertain but there are reasons to believe him or her to be less than 18 years of age, a presumption of minor status, pending age verification; and
(d) efforts to reunite children with their families, or, when it is in the best interests of the child, provide family-based care.‘