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(Slaves at Sea)

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Any slave who takes refuge on board any vessel of a State Party to this Convention shall ipso facto be free. The Committee on the Drafting of a Supplementary Convention on Slavery and Servitude appointed by the Economic and Social Council met in New York on 16 January 1956 and considered the provisions of Article 2 of the 1954 British Draft Convention in light of the 1955 Memorandum prepared by the Secretary-General. The phrase 'and any person suspected of being a slave who is found on board a vessel' was then put to a vote and defeated by five votes to four with one abstention. On 30 April 1956, the Economic and Social Council decided that "a conference of plenipotentiaries should be convened in order to complete the drafting of the Supplementary Convention on the Abolition of Slavery, the Slave Trade and Institutions and Practices similar to Slavery".

Keywords: slave; Supplementary Convention



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