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Freed from bondage, ready to vote
The Record, 8 May 17
Seventeen years after emancipation, many former bonded labourers in Nepal are preparing to vote in local elections for the first time. The president of a local women’s savings and credit group said that the community will vote as a bloc after deciding on which candidate is most likely to bring projects to their village.
India to legalise mica mining in bid to tackle endemic child labour
The Guardian, 8 May 2017
India plans to legalise the mining of mica, a mineral used in eyeshadows and car paint, in a bid to cut the number of children who labour in dangerous conditions to produce it. The announcement comes after investigations found that poverty forces many families to send their children to work illegally in the mica mines.
The “ugly” reality of child marriage in the U.S.
CBS News, 5 May 2017
As the issue of child marriage gains visibility around the world, with the United Nations having set a goal to eliminate it by 2030, activists warn that many Americans remain unaware of the problem in their own backyards. Child marriage is legal in some circumstances in almost every state in the United States.
INTERPOL warning on human trafficking links to the fishing industry
INTERPOL, 4 May 2017
The international police organisation INTERPOL has issued an alert to law enforcement on human trafficking for labour exploitation in the fisheries sector across South-East Asia. An increase in the number of cases has highlighted the risks of human trafficking and modern slavery in fisheries supply chains, both in the region and globally.
Myanmar: Displaced Rohingya at risk of ‘re-victimization’ warns UN refugee agency
UN News Centre, 25 April 2017
The tens of thousands of members of Myanmar’s Rohingya community who fled inter-communal violence in the north of the country and sought refuge in Bangladesh remain highly vulnerable and risk being re-victimized unless urgent action is taken, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.
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