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CHAPTER XVIII
PENAL MATTERS
2 . Slavery Convention, signed at Geneva on 25 September 1926 and amended by the Protocol
New York, 7 December 1953
Entry into force
:
7 July 1955, in accordance with article III(2)the date on which the amendments, set forth in the annex to the Protocol of 7 December 1953, entered into force in accordance with article III of the Protocol.
Registration :
7 July 1955, No. 2861
Status :
Parties : 99
Text :
United Nations,  Treaty Series , vol. 212, p. 17.
Participant 1
Definitive signature or participation in the Convention and the Protocol, Participation(P)
Ratification of the Convention as amended, Accession to the Convention as amended(a), Succession to the Convention as amended(d)
Afghanistan
16 Aug 1954
 
Albania
   2 Jul 1957 a
Algeria
  20 Nov 1963 a
Antigua and Barbuda
25 Oct 1988 P
 
Australia
 9 Dec 1953
 
Austria
16 Jul 1954
 
Azerbaijan
16 Aug 1996
 
Bahamas
10 Jun 1976
 
Bahrain
  27 Mar 1990 a
Bangladesh
 7 Jan 1985
 
Barbados
22 Jul 1976
 
Belarus
  13 Sep 1956 a
Belgium
13 Dec 1962
 
Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
 6 Oct 1983
 
Bosnia and Herzegovina 2
   1 Sep 1993 d
Brazil
   6 Jan 1966 a
Cameroon
27 Jun 1984
 
Canada
17 Dec 1953
 
Chile
20 Jun 1995
 
Croatia 2
  12 Oct 1992 d
Cuba
28 Jun 1954
 
Cyprus
  21 Apr 1986 d
Denmark
 3 Mar 1954
 
Dominica
17 Aug 1994
 
Ecuador
17 Aug 1955
 
Egypt
29 Sep 1954
 
Ethiopia
  21 Jan 1969
Fiji
12 Jun 1972
 
Finland
19 Mar 1954
 
France
14 Feb 1963
 
Germany 3
29 May 1973
 
Greece
12 Dec 1955
 
Guatemala
11 Nov 1983
 
Guinea
12 Jul 1963
 
Hungary
26 Feb 1958
 
India
12 Mar 1954
 
Iraq
23 May 1955
 
Ireland
31 Aug 1961
 
Israel
12 Sep 1955
 
Italy
 4 Feb 1954
 
Jamaica
  30 Jul 1964 d
Jordan
   5 May 1959 a
Kazakhstan
 1 May 2008 P
 
Kuwait
  28 May 1963 a
Kyrgyzstan
   5 Sep 1997 a
Lesotho
   4 Nov 1974 d
Liberia
 7 Dec 1953
 
Libya
  14 Feb 1957 a
Madagascar
  12 Feb 1964 a
Malawi
   2 Aug 1965 a
Mali
 2 Feb 1973
 
Malta
   3 Jan 1966 d
Mauritania
 6 Jun 1986
 
Mauritius
  18 Jul 1969 d
Mexico
 3 Feb 1954
 
Monaco
12 Nov 1954
 
Mongolia
  20 Dec 1968 a
Montenegro 4
  23 Oct 2006 d
Morocco
11 May 1959
 
Myanmar
29 Apr 1957
 
Nepal
   7 Jan 1963 a
Netherlands 5
 7 Jul 1955
 
New Zealand 6
16 Dec 1953
 
Nicaragua
14 Jan 1986
 
Niger
 7 Dec 1964
 
Nigeria
  26 Jun 1961 d
Norway
11 Apr 1957
 
Pakistan
  30 Sep 1955 a
Papua New Guinea
  27 Jan 1982 a
Paraguay
27 Sep 2007 P
 
Philippines
  12 Jul 1955 a
Romania
13 Nov 1957
 
Russian Federation 7
   8 Aug 1956 a
Saudi Arabia
   5 Jul 1973 a
Serbia 2
  12 Mar 2001 d
Sierra Leone
  13 Mar 1962 d
Solomon Islands
 3 Sep 1981
 
South Africa
29 Dec 1953
 
Spain
10 Nov 1976
 
Sri Lanka
  21 Mar 1958 a
St. Lucia
14 Feb 1990
 
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
   9 Nov 1981
Sudan
   9 Sep 1957 d
Sweden
17 Aug 1954
 
Switzerland
 7 Dec 1953
 
Syrian Arab Republic
 4 Aug 1954
 
Trinidad and Tobago
  11 Apr 1966 d
Tunisia
  15 Jul 1966 a
Turkey
14 Jan 1955
 
Turkmenistan
 1 May 1997
 
Uganda
  12 Aug 1964 a
Ukraine
  27 Jan 1959 a
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
 7 Dec 1953
 
United Republic of Tanzania
  28 Nov 1962 a
United States of America
 7 Mar 1956
 
Uruguay
   7 Jun 2001 a
Viet Nam 8
  14 Aug 1956 a
Yemen 9
   9 Feb 1987 a
Zambia
  26 Mar 1973 d
Declarations and Reservations
(Unless otherwise indicated, the declarations and reservations were made
upon ratification, accession or succession.)
Bahrain 10

Reservation:
       "The accession by the State of Bahrain to the said Convention shall in no way constitute recognition of Israel or be a cause for the establishment of any relations of any kind therewith."

End Note
1.Signed on behalf of the Republic of China on 14 December 1955 (note 1 under “China” in the “Historical Information” section in the front matter of this volume).
2.The former Yugoslavia had accepted the Protocol on 21 March 1955 and, as such, participated in the Convention, as amended by the Protocol. See also note 1 under "Bosnia and Herzegovina", "Croatia", "former Yugoslavia", "Slovenia", "The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia" and "Yugoslavia"  in the "Historical Information" section in the front matter of this volume.
3.A notification of reapplication of the Convention of 25 September 1926 was received on 16 July 1974 from the Government of the German Democratic Republic.  As an instrument of acceptance of the amending Protocol of 7 December 1953 was deposited with the Secretary-General on the same date on behalf of the Government of the German Democratic Republic, the latter has been applying the Convention as amended since 16 July 1974. See also note 2 under “Germany” in the “Historical Information” section in the front matter of this volume.
4.See note 1 under "Montenegro" in the "Historical Information" section in the front matter of this volume.
5.See note 1 under “Netherlands” regarding Aruba/Netherlands Antilles in the “Historical Information” section in the front matter of this volume.
6.See  note 1 under “New Zealand” regarding Tokelau in the “Historical Information” section in the front matter of this volume.
7.By a communication received on 25 March 1959, the Government of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics notified the Secretary-General that it confirms the accession of the Soviet Union to the Convention as amended, of which the Permanent Mission of the USSR to the United Nations advised the Secretary-General of the United Nations in its note of 8 August 1956 is thus the date on which the aforesaid Convention became formally applicable by the Soviet Union in its relations with other States.
8.The Republic of Viet Nam had acceded to the Convention on 14 August 1956.  See also note 1 under “Viet Nam” in the “Historical Information” section in the front matter of this volume.
9.The formality was effected by Democratic Yemen.  See also note 1 under “Yemen” in the “Historical Information” section in the front matter of this volume
10.On 25 June 1990, the Secretary-General received from the Government of Israel the following objection concerning the reservation:

"The Government of the State of Israel has noted that the instruments of accession of Bahrain [to the Slavery Convention signed on 25 September 1926 and amended by the Protocol of 7 December 1953 and to the Supplementary Convention on the abolition of Slavery, the Slave Trade, and Institutions and Practices Similar to Slavery of 7 September 1956] contain a declaration in respect of Israel.

"In the view of the Government of the State of Israel such declaration, which is explicitly of a political character is incompatible with the purposes and objectives of these Conventions and cannot in any way affect whatever obligations are binding upon Bahrain under general International Law or under particular Conventions.

"The Government of the State of Israel will, in so far as concerns the substance of the matter, adopt towards Bahrain an attitude of complete reciprocity."