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Slavery, Servitude and Forced Labour


No one may be subjected to slavery, servitude or forced labour.

 

No one may be subjected to slavery, servitude or forced labour. This right is important in the African context, in which our populations were decimated over centuries due to forced slavery. 

This would include, in a more modern context, the prohibition against human trafficking which still exists in some countries. In South Africa, forced labour, including both prisoner and chilld labour, took place during apartheid.

One of the most famous historical events protesting forced labour took place in 1952 when farm labourers refused to work in the potato fields of the Bethal district, sending shock waves throughout the country. In 2002, the 50th anniversary of the potato boycott was celebrated. 

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