Each week the Freedom Fund compiles the most insightful and timely news stories about modern slavery. Check out what we’re reading in this week’s roundup of top slavery articles.
Brazil to issue new “dirty list” of employers using slave labour
The Rio Times, 3 July 2019
The new list will stand alongside another “dirty list” launched in 2004 which names employers deemed guilty by an internal government agency. Companies on that list are blocked from receiving state loans and have restrictions placed on sales, and private banks use the list to gauge credit risk.
Cocoa-growing Ivory Coast draws up new plan to stop child labour
Reuters, 27 June 2019
Ivory Coast has launched a new strategy to end child labour in cocoa farming and other sectors by raising women’s incomes and building schools, the government said on Wednesday.
Senior Islamic cleric issues fatwa against child marriage
The Guardian, 21 June 2019
One of the world’s most prestigious centres of Islamic learning has issued a fatwa against child marriage, saying marriage should be based on the consent of both parties and “particularly the young women.”
U.S. sees Cambodia’s anti-trafficking efforts floundering
Yahoo, 20 June 2019
Cambodia is not doing enough to combat human trafficking, the United States said on Thursday, leaving the Asian nation at risk of economic sanctions unless it takes firmer action.
Worldwide displacement tops 70 million, UN Refugee Chief urges greater solidarity in response
UNHCR, 19 June 2019
Data from UNHCR’s annual Global Trends report shows that almost 70 million people are now forcibly displaced. To put this in perspective, this is double the level of 20 years ago, 2.3 million more than a year ago, and corresponds to a population between that of Thailand and Turkey.
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