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The move towards establishing a Supplementary Convention on the Abolition of Slavery, the Slave Trade, and Institutions and Practices Similar to Slavery commenced by means of a 1949 request by the United Nations General Assembly to the Economic and Social Council to study the problem of slavery. The 1956 Committee on the Drafting of a Supplementary Convention on Slavery and Servitude met in New York from 16 January until 6 February 1956 and considered the British Draft Supplementary Convention and the comments provided by twenty-seven States and the International Labour Organisation. The Secretary-General convened the United Nations Conference of Plenipotentiaries on a Supplementary Convention on the Abolition of Slavery, the Slave Trade and Institutions and Practices Similar to Slavery in Geneva on 13 August 1956.

Keywords: 1956 Committee; Geneva; International Labour Organisation; slave trade; slavery; Supplementary Convention



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