September 16, 2019
 In 2024-Forced Labour

Topic: 2024-Forced Labour
Country: Iran
Delegate Name: Harriet Ogilvie

Iran recognizes the importance of combating forced labor as a fundamental violation of human rights Iran is aware that the issue of forced labor is still prevalent due to economic conditions, legal enforcement, migration, discrimination, and marginalization. Iran is dedicated to finding an effective solution to protect migrant workers more susceptible to coercion. Iran acknowledges the concerns regarding forced labor frequently targeted in agriculture, construction, and domestic work.

With the intention of reforming the legal framework, raising awareness, and protecting migrant workers, Iran actively engages with civil society organizations and international partners. Iran has additionally implicated the 2004 law criminalizing human trafficking. Furthermore, Iran also put in place the 2002 Law to Protect Children and Adolescents to protect children from being sold and exploited. To supervise and ensure that labor-related policies are abided, Iran’s Ministry of Cooperatives, Labour, and Social Welfare conducts inspections.

Iran proposes to review and revise existing legislation to increase the protection of those susceptible to forced labor, as well as implicating more severe penalties. Additionally, Iran calls for the initiation of proper training and awareness given to authorities. This training will allow inspectors to have the skills and knowledge necessary to effectively enforce labor laws and protect vulnerable workers. Iran is aware of the importance of communication with local communities to raise awareness about the hazards of forced labor and urge individuals to report abuses. Iran strongly suggests collaboration with civil society organizations to identify and address instances of forced labor as well as provide aid to those who are victims of forced labor. Iran is committed to combating forced labor and protecting the rights within its borders. Iran looks forward to implementing constructive solutions and addressing the causes of forced labor.