Little improvement to World Cup working conditions in Qatar

Migrant workers on World Cup sites in Qatar continue to face systematic exploitation, a new report has found. The report from Human Rights Watch, which was released earlier this week, found that migrants working on preparations for the 2022 FIFA World Cup remain subject to widespread wage abuse, despite the…

New Mexican series shows human trafficking is “in broad daylight”

A new documentary television series is receiving praise for its survivor-centered exploration of human trafficking in Mexico. The Route of Human Trafficking (original title: La Ruta de la Trata), an eight-part documentary airing on the government-funded Canal Catorce, interviews survivors and explores the factors that lead to their exploitation. The…

U.S. food company fined for importing goods made with forced labor in China

In the first action of its kind in the United States, a food company has been fined after law enforcement officials judged it to have imported sweetener made using forced prison labor in China. Pure Circle U.S.A. was fined $575,000 after a shipment of the plant extract, stevia, that had…

Huge drop in U.K. modern slavery referrals raises fears for hidden victims

 A sharp drop in modern slavery referrals in the United Kingdom has raised fears that many victims are falling off the radar. The number of people identified as potential victims of modern slavery has climbed each year since 2014, climbing 52 percent between 2018 and 2019 to 10,627. This year,…

New deal for Uzbek cotton

Recent progress against forced labor in Uzbekistan has brought the country closer to a responsible sourcing pact that would reopen its cotton industry to the global market. The Central Asian country’s cotton industry, the world’s eighth-largest, has been subject to an international boycott since 2006 as a result of endemic…

Former world leaders warn of child marriage risk girls face due to pandemic

 The ongoing coronavirus pandemic risks creating a “COVID generation” of children lost to forced marriage and other forms of modern slavery, a group of former world leaders have warned. In a letter addressed to current world leaders, including those of G20 states and of the World Bank, ex-leaders, economists, and…

Tessa Khan: ‘Litigation is a powerful tool in the environmental crisis’

When a court in the Netherlands ruled its government’s actions unlawful, it inspired others to hold big polluters to account• Time to reset: more brilliant ideas to remake the worldAt key moments in history, courts around the world have helped to accelerate social change – they have vindicated the demands…

Treaty against child labor becomes first ever to achieve universal ratification  

In a historic milestone in the fight against child labor, an International Labour Organization (ILO) treaty against the worst forms of child labor has become the first ever to achieve universal ratification. With the Pacific island nation of Tonga ratifying this week, the Convention No. 182 on the Worst Forms…

Displaced women and girls face surge in forced marriage & trafficking amid pandemic

A new report has warned that displaced women and girls are facing surging rates of gender-based violence during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, including human trafficking and forced marriage. The economic and societal impacts of the pandemic, including the lockdowns and border closures enforced to fight its spread, have increased the…

New U.S. sanctions target Chinese paramilitary group in Uyghur Region

The U.S. government has imposed sanctions on a Chinese paramilitary entity operating in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, along with two individuals linked to it, for its role in the ongoing state-sponsored repression of Uyghurs and other local ethnic groups. In an announcement last Friday, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of…

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