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Israel Signs International Convention on Abolition of Slavery

Israel signed here today the “Supplementary Convention on the Abolition of Slavery, the Slave Trade, and Institutions and Practices Similar to Slavery,” adopted by a United Nations conference earlier this month.

This brings to 33 the number of countries that have signed the new instrument, which is designed to supplement and bring up to date the agreements made under an anti-slavery convention of 1926. The latter, still force, is confined mainly to crude types of chattel slavery and traffic in human beings, while the new convention seeks to abolish also such practices as serfdom, debt bondage, bride price, and abuses arising out of the adoption of children.