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The ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work and its Follow-up

The 1998 ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work and its Follow-up complements the ILO's standards activities by promoting adherence to four principles that are the subject of the fundamental conventions: freedom of association and effective recognition of the right to bargain collectively, prohibition of forced labor and child labor and non-discrimination in employment.

The Declaration recognizes that all member States of the ILO have an obligation to respect these fundamental principles even if they are not legally bound by ratification to implement the specific ILO conventions dealing with those rights. Governments that have not ratified the relevant conventions are thus asked to supply annual reports under the Declaration on the measures they have taken to recognize and promote the principles. This information, in turn, helps the ILO to develop appropriate technical assistance activities.