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The International Labour Organization And Human Rights: Access To The Ilo

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This chapter discusses the history and structure of the international labour organization (ILO). The ILO is the oldest of the UN system organisations dealing with human rights. The ILO has a unique structure among international organisations. It is an inter-governmental organisation, but its decision-making bodies are tripartite. The ILO has a uniquely thorough and influential supervisory system. The chapter outlines the tripartite nature of the ILO, meaning that non-governmental organisations (NGOs) of employers and workers have half the votes in the plenary sessions of the annual Conference thus, both for the adoption of new standards and for adoption of the reports of the Conference Committee on Standards. Just as important, ILO rules and standards give employers and workers organisations a prominent role at the national level in the implementation and supervision of ILO standards.

Keywords: human rights; international labour organization (ILO); n-governmental organisations (NGOs); supervisory system; UN system



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