0.311.371 original Supplementary Convention on the abolition of slavery, the trafficking of slaves and institutions and practices similar to slavery, concluded at Geneva on 7 September 1956, approved by the Federal Assembly on 17 June 1964 Instrument of accession deposited by the Switzerland on 28 July 1964 entry into force for Switzerland on 28 July 1964 (State on April 15, 2008) preamble the States parties to this Convention Whereas freedom is a right that every human being acquires at birth;
aware of what the peoples of the United Nations reaffirmed in the Charter, their faith in the dignity and worth of the human person;
considering that the universal declaration of human rights, that the General Assembly has proclaimed as the ideal common to be attained by all peoples and all nations, provides that no one shall be held in slavery or servitude and that slavery and the trafficking of slaves are prohibited in all their forms;
Recognizing that, since the conclusion in Geneva, on September 25, 1926, the Convention on slavery, which was intended to remove slavery and the slave trade, of new progress has been made in this direction;
taking into account the Convention of 1930 on forced labour and what was made later by the international organization of labour with regard to forced labour;
Noting, however, that slavery, the slave trade and institutions and practices similar to slavery have not yet been eliminated in all regions of the world, having decided as a result to the Convention of 1926, which is still in force, must now be added an additional agreement to intensify efforts, both national and international, aimed at abolition of slavery, the slave trade and institutions and practices similar to slavery;
agreed to the following: RS RS RS 0.822.713.9 0.311.37 0.120 Section I Institutions and practices similar to slavery art. 1 each of the States parties to this Convention will take all measures, legislative and otherwise, that will be achievable and needed to get progressively and as soon as possible the abolition full or abandonment of the institutions and practices, where they exist yet, they go back or not in the definition of slavery contained in article 1 of the Convention relating to slavery, signed at Geneva on 25 September 1926 :
a. Servitude for debt, i.e. the State or condition resulting from the fact that a debtor is committed to provide his personal services or those of someone over which he has authority as security for a debt, if the fair value of these services is not assigned to the liquidation of the debt or if the duration of these services is not limited nor their character set; b. Serfdom, i.e. the status of anyone who is required by law, custom or agreement, to live and work on land belonging to another person and to provide to that other person, for remuneration or free of charge, certain services determined, without being able to change its condition; c. Any institution or practice whereby: (i) a woman is, without having the right to refuse, promised or given in marriage for a consideration in cash or in kind paid to her parents, guardian, family or to any other person or any group of persons; (ii) the husband of a woman, the family or the clan have the right to transfer to a third party for valuable consideration or otherwise; (iii) the woman may, on the death of her husband, be transmitted by succession to another person;
(d) any institution or practice whereby a child or a teenager under 18 years is given, either by their parents or by one of them, or by his guardian to another person, against payment or not, for the exploitation of the person or of the work of such child or teenager.
Art. 2 to put an end to the institutions and practices referred to in paragraph c of article 1 of the Convention, States parties undertake to fix, there where it takes place, the minimum age suitable for marriage, to encourage the use of a procedure that allows one and the other future spouses to freely express their consent to the marriage in the presence of a civil authority or competent religious and to encourage the registration of marriages.
Section II trade in slaves art. 3-1. The fact carry or attempt to transport slaves from one country to another by means of transportation any or being complicit in these acts will constitute a criminal offence under the law of the States parties to the Convention and those convicted of such an offence will be liable to very severe sentences.
2A. The States parties will take all effective measures to prevent ships and aircraft allowed to fly their flag to transport slaves and to punish those guilty of such acts or guilty to use the national flag to this fin.b. The States parties will take all effective measures so that their ports, their airfields and their sides can be used to transport slaves.
3. the States parties to the Convention will exchange information to ensure the practical coordination of the measures taken by them in the fight against the slave trade and will keep each other informed of all cases of trafficking of slaves and any attempt at such offence of which they have knowledge.
Art. 4. any slave who took refuge on a ship of a State party to the present Convention will be free ipso facto.
Section III slavery and institutions and practices similar to slavery art. 5. in a country where slavery or institutions and practices referred to in article 1 of the Convention are not yet completely abolished or abandoned, being mutilated, branded red or otherwise a slave or a person of servile condition - either to indicate its condition, for punishment or for any other reason - or being an accomplice in such acts will constitute a criminal offence under the law of the States Parties to the Convention and those convicted will be sentenced.
Art. 6-1. Reducing others in slavery or to encourage others to alienate his freedom or of a dependant, to be reduced to slavery, will constitute a criminal offence under the law of the States parties to this Convention and those convicted will be sentenced, will similarly be the participation in a cartel formed for this purpose the attempt and complicity.
2. subject to the provisions of the introductory paragraph of article 1 of the Convention, the provisions of paragraph 1 of this article also apply to encourage others to move or place a dependant in a servile condition resulting from one of the institutions or practices referred to in article 1; It will be the participation in a cartel formed for this purpose, the attempt and complicity.
Section IV Definitions art. 7 for the purposes of this Convention: a. the 'slavery', as defined in the Convention of 1926, slavery, is the State or condition of an individual on which are the attributes of the right to property or some of them, and the 'slave' is the individual who has that status or this condition; b. The 'person of servile condition' is one that is placed in the status or condition that resulted from one of the institutions or practices referred to in article 1 of the present Convention; c. "The slave trade" means and includes any act of capture, acquisition or transfer of a person to reduce it into slavery; any act of acquisition of a slave to be sold or traded; any act of disposal by sale or exchange of a learned person with a view to being sold or exchanged, as well as generally any act of trade or transport of slaves, regardless of the means of transport employed.
Section V Cooperation between States parties and communications of information art. 8-1. The States parties to the Convention undertake to provide mutual assistance and cooperate with the United Nations with a view to the application of the foregoing provisions.
2. the parties undertake to communicate to the Secretary-General of the United Nations copy of any law, regulation, and any administrative decision adopted or implemented to give effect to the provisions of this Convention.
3. the Secretary-General shall communicate the information received under paragraph 2 of this article to the other parties and to the economic and social Council as part of documentation for any debate in which the Council would proceed to new recommendations for the abolition of slavery, the trafficking of slaves or of institutions and practices which are the subject of the Convention.
Section VI Clauses finals art. 9. it will be admitted no reservations to the Convention.
Art. 10. any dispute between States parties to the Convention concerning its interpretation or application, which would not be resolved by negotiation, will be submitted to the International Court of Justice at the request of one of the parties to the dispute, unless the parties agree to another mode of settlement.
1. the present Convention is open until July 1, 1957 to the signature of any State member of the United Nations or of a specialized agency. It will be subject to ratification by the signatory States and the instruments of ratification shall be deposited with the Secretary-General of the United Nations, who will notify all signatory States and acceding.
2. after July 1, 1957, the Convention will be open to accession by any State member of the United Nations or of a specialized agency or of any other State to which an invitation to join will be made by the General Assembly of the United Nations. The membership will be made by the deposit of an instrument of formal with the Secretary-General of the United Nations which will notify all signatory States and acceding.
Art. 12-1. This Convention will apply to all autonomous, under tutelage, colonial Territories, and other non-metropolitan territories that a State party is internationally; the interested party shall, subject to the provisions of paragraph 2 of this article, the signing or ratification of the Convention, or accession to this Convention, declare the non-metropolitan territories to which this Convention would apply ipso facto as a result of this signature, ratification or accession.
2. in case the consent of a non-metropolitan territory is required under laws or constitutional practices of the party or non-metropolitan territory, the party must strive to obtain, within the period of twelve months from the date of signing by the consent of the non-metropolitan territory which is necessary and, if this consent will be obtained the Party shall notify the Secretary-General. From the date of receipt by the Secretary-General of such notification, the Convention will apply to the territories or territories indicate by it.
3. at the expiration of the period of twelve months referred to in the previous paragraph, interested parties will inform the Secretary general of the results of the consultations with the non-metropolitan territories which they assume international relations and whose consent to the application of the Convention would not have been given.
Art. 13-1. The Convention will enter into force on the date where two States will have become parties.
2. it will eventually enter into force for each State and territory, to the date of the deposit of the instrument of ratification or accession of the State concerned or the notification of the application to that territory.
Art. 14-1. The application of this Convention will be divided into successive periods of three years, of which the first will start from the date of the entry into force of the Convention in accordance with paragraph 1 of article 13.
2. each State party may denounce the present Convention by addressing six months before the expiry of the current triennium a notification to the Secretary-General. It will notify all other parties of such notification and the date of its receipt.
3. the denunciation will take effect at the expiration of the current triennium.
4. in cases where, in accordance with the provisions of article 12, this Convention is made applicable to a non-metropolitan part territory, this last may, with the consent of the territory in question, notify thereafter at any time to the Secretary general of the United Nations that the Convention is reported in respect of that territory. The denunciation shall take effect one year after the date where the notification will be managed to the Secretary-General, which will inform the other parties of this notification with the date where it will be received.
Art. 15. the present Convention, of which the English, Chinese, Spanish, french and Russian texts will also be faith, will be deposited in the archives of the Secretariat of the United Nations. The Secretary-General will establish in certified copies to communicate them to the States parties to the Convention as well as all other States members United Nations and of the specialized agencies.
In faith whereof, the undersigned, duly authorized by their respective Governments, have signed this agreement on the dates appearing next to their respective signatures.
Made at the European Office of the United Nations, in Geneva, on September seven thousand nine hundred and fifty-six.
Scope on April 15, 2008 States parties Ratification, accession (A) Declaration of estate (S) entry into force Afghanistan November 16, 1966 16 November 1966 Albania 6 November 1958 has 6 November 1958 Algeria 31 October 1963-31 October Germany 14 January 1963 1959 14 January 1959 Antigua and Barbuda 25 October 1988 S 1 November 1981 Saudi Arabia 5 July 1973-5 July Argentina 13 August 1973 1964-13 August Australia 6 January 1964 1958 6 January
1958 all territories, trusteeship and other non-metropolitan territories means the Australia international January 6, 1958 January 6, 1958 Austria October 7, 1963 7 October 1963 Azerbaijan 16 August 1996 has 16 August 1996 Bahamas 10 June 1976 S 10 July 1973 Bahrain 27 March 1990 A 27 March 1990 Bangladesh 5 February 1985 has 5 February 1985 Barbados August 9, 1972 S November 30, 1966 Belarus June 5, 1957 June 5, 1957
Belgium December 13, 1962 13 December 1962 Bolivia 6 October 1983 6 October 1983 Bosnia and Herzegovina 1 September 1993 S 6 March 1992 Brazil January 6, 1966 6 January 1966 Bulgaria 21 August 1958 21 August 1958 Cambodia 12 June 1957 June 12, 1957 Cameroon 27 June 1984 has 27 June 1984 Canada January 10, 1963 January 10, 1963 Chile June 20, 1995 A 20 June 1995 China Hong Kong 10 June 1997 1 July 1997
Macao December 13, 1999 December 20, 1999 Cyprus 11 May 1962 S 16 August 1960 Congo (Brazzaville) August 25, 1977 has 25 August 1977 Congo (Kinshasa) 28 February 1975 has 28 February 1975 Ivory Coast on December 10, 1970 10 December 1970 Croatia 12 October 1992 S 8 October 1991 Cuba 21 August 1963 August 21, 1963 Denmark 24 April 1958 24 April 1958 Djibouti March 21, 1979 at 21 March 1979 Dominic 17 August 1994 S November 3, 1978
United Arab Emirates 17 April 1958 A 17 April 1958 Ecuador March 29 1960a March 29, 1960 Spain November 21, 1967 21 November 1967 United States 6 December 1967 has 6 December 1967 territory which the United States assume international relations 6 December 1967 December 6, 1967 Ethiopia January 21, 1969 A 21 January 1969 Fiji 12 June 1972 of October 10, 1970 Finland 1 April 1959 to April 1, 1959 France 26 May 26, 1964 May 1964 all territories of the French 26 May 1964 Republic 26 May 1964 Ghana may 3, 1963 has 3 May 1963 Greece 13 December 1972 13 December 1972 Guatemala November 11, 1983 November 11, 1983 Guinea 14 March 1977 has 14 March 1977 Haiti February 12, 1958 12 February 1958 Hungary 26 February 1958 February 26, 1958 India June 23, 1960 23 June 1960 Iran December 30, 1959 has 30 December 1959 Iraq September 30, 1963 September 30
1963 Ireland September 18, 1961 September 18, 1961 Iceland November 17, 1965 has 17 November 1965 Israel October 23, 1957 October 23, 1957 Italy 12 February 1958 February 12, 1958 Jamaica July 30, 1964 S August 6, 1962 Jordan 27 September 1957 was 27 September 1957 Kyrgyzstan 5 September 1997 to 5 September 1997 Kuwait January 18, 1963 January 18, 1963 Laos September 9, 1957 has 9 September 1957 Lesotho 4 November 1974 S Latvia October 4, 1966
14 April 1992 has 14 April 1992 Luxembourg 1 May 1967 1 May 1967 Libya 16 May 1989 A May 16, 1989 Macedonia 18 January 1994 S November 17, 1991 Madagascar February 29, 1972 has 29 February 1972 Malaysia 18 November 1957 November 18, 1957 Malawi 2 August 1965 2 August 1965 Mali 2 February 1973 has 2 February 1973 Malta 3 January 1966 S September 21, 1964 Morocco 11 May 1959 has 11 May 1959 Maurice 18 July 1969 of March 12, 1968 Mauritania June 6, 1986 to June 6, 1986 Mexico 30 June 1959 30 June 1959 Mongolia December 20, 1968 was December 20, 1968 Montenegro 23 October 2006 of June 3, 2006 Nepal January 7, 1963 to January 7, 1963 Nicaragua 14 January 1986 has 14 January 1986 Niger July 22, 1963 July 22, 1963 Nigeria June 26, 1961 S 1 October 1960 Norway may 3, 1960 may 3, 1960 New Zealand 26 April 1962 At 26 April 1962 Cook Islands 26 April 1962 26 April 1962 Niue 26 April 1962 26 April 1962 Tokelau 26 April 1962 26 April 1962 Uganda 12 August 1964 has 12 August 1964 Pakistan 20 March 1958 20 March 1958 Paraguay 27 September 2007 was 27 September 2007 Netherlands 3 December 1957 3 December 1957 Netherlands Antilles 3 December 1957 3 December 1957 Aruba 3 December 1957 3 December 1957 Philippines November 17, 1964 has 17 November 1964 Poland
January 10, 1963 January 10, 1963 Portugal August 10, 1959 August 10, 1959 Central African Republic 30 December 1970 30 December 1970 Dominican Republic 31 October 1962 was October 31, 1962 Czech Republic 22 February 1993 S January 1, 1993 Romania 13 November 1957 November 13, 1957 United Kingdom 30 April 1957 April 30, 1957 Bermuda 6 September 1957 September 6, 1957 Gibraltar 6 September
1957 September 6, 1957 Isle of Man April 30, 1957 April 30, 1957 the Channel Islands 30 April 1957 April 30, 1957 Falkland Islands 6 September 1957 September 6, 1957 St. Christophe and-Nevis (St. Kitts and Nevis) 6 September 1957 September 6, 1957 Sainte - Hélène September 6, 1957 September 6, 1957 Russia 12 April 1957 April 30, 1957 Rwanda October 4, 2006 has 4 October 2006 St. - Lucia 14 February 1990 S February 22, 1979 San - Marino, on August 29, 1967 August 29, 1967 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 9 November 1981 9 November 1981 Solomon Islands 3 September 1981 S July 7, 1978 Senegalese 19 July 1979 was 19 July 1979 Serbia March 12, 2001 27 April 1992 Seychelles 5 May 1992 was 5 May 1992 Sierra Leone 13 March 1962 S 27 April 1961 Singapore March 28, 1972 S August 9, 1965 Slovakia 28 May 1993 S January 1, 1993 Slovenia 6 July 1992 S 25 June 1991 Sudan September 9, 1957 9 September
1957 Sri Lanka 21 March 1958 21 March 1958 Sweden 28 October 1959 28 October 1959 Switzerland 28 July 1964 was July 28, 1964 Suriname October 12, 1979 of November 25, 1975 Syria 17 April 1958 to April 17, 1958 Taiwan (Chinese Taipei) 28 May 1959 28 May 1959 Tanzania November 28, 1962 November 28, 1962 Togo July 8, 1980 was July 8, 1980 Trinidad and Tobago 11 April 1966 S August 31, 1962 Tunisia July 15, 1966 has 15 July 1966 Turkmenistan 1 May 1997 was may 1, 1997 Turkey July 17, 1964 July 17, 1964 Ukraine December 3, 1958 December 3, 1958 Uruguay 7 June 2001 was June 7, 2001 Zambia 26 March 1973 October 24, 1964 Zimbabwe 1 December 1998 S S April 18, 1980 from Sept. 6. 1957 to June 30, 1997, the Convention was applicable to Hong Kong on the basis of a declaration of territorial expansion of the United Kingdom. Starting from July 1, 1997, Hong Kong became a special administrative Region (SAR) of the People's Republic of China. Under the Chinese Bill of 10 June 1999, the Convention is also applicable to the RAS Hong Kong from July 1, 1997.
April 27, 1999 to Dec. 19. 1999, the Convention was applicable in Macao on the basis of a declaration of territorial extension of the Portugal. From Dec. 20. 1999, Macao became a special administrative Region (SAR) of the People's Republic of China. Under the declaration Chinese Dec. 13. 1999, the Convention is also applicable to the Macao SAR from 20 dec. Jan 1, 1999. 1986, Aruba Island, which was part of the Netherlands Antilles, has gained internal autonomy within the Kingdom of the Netherlands. This change affects the functioning of the internal constitutional relations within the Kingdom.
Extension of the territorial application of the Declarations made pursuant to article 12 of the convention additional Extension to Declaration coming into force Australia all territories, trusteeship and other territories not metropolitans, the Australia represents international January 6, 1958 6 January 1958 United States all territories including the United States provide international relations 6 December 1967 December 6, 1967 France all the territories of the Republic (Metropolitan France (, departments and overseas territories) 26 May 1964 26 May 1964 United Kingdom Islands channel Isle of Man April 30, 1957 April 30, 1957 Bermuda, Brunei, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Belize, Hong Kong, Montserrat, St Kitts and Nevis, St. Helena, Virgin Islands 6 September 1957 September 6, 1957 Tonga 18 October 1957 October 18, 1957 (including Niue) Cook Islands and Tokelau Islands New Zealand 26 April 1962 26 April 1962 Netherlands Antilles 3 December 1957 3 December 1957 RO 1965 138; FF 1963 II 1516 RO 1965 137 one version of the update scope is published on the web site of the FDFA (www.dfae.admin.ch/traites).
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