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It’s not a just transition if clean energy is powered by forced labor
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It’s not a just transition if clean energy is powered by forced labor

The phrase “just transition” is on everybody’s lips in the aftermath of COP27, but in the race toward cleaner energy, are we losing sight of what justice really looks like?   A closer look at solar panel and electric transport supply chains suggest we may be sidelining human rights as we scale up solutions to the…

New report uncovers widespread migrant worker abuse in Qatar
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New report uncovers widespread migrant worker abuse in Qatar

A new report by the Trade Union Congress (TUC) has shed light on widespread abuse of migrant workers in Qatar as the World Cup gets underway. “Legacy of the kafala […]

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Can private inspections and certification schemes really fix forced labor?
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Can private inspections and certification schemes really fix forced labor?

A new report by Human Rights Watch explores the potential of audits and certification schemes to hold companies accountable for labor abuses in their global supply chains and what their […]

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Seasonal workers in debt after being sent home early from U.K. farms
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Seasonal workers in debt after being sent home early from U.K. farms

Sajit* sold his shop in Nepal to go to the United Kingdom to work on a farm. “They told us six months will be good money for us,” he said. But just two months into the job, when he still had over £3,000 ($3,500 approximately) of debt to repay, he was told he had to…

U.S. voters reject slavery ‘exception’ in midterm elections
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U.S. voters reject slavery ‘exception’ in midterm elections

This week, voters in five American states were balloted on wording in their constitutions that permits slavery as a punishment for crime. Tennessee, Alabama, Vermont and Oregon voters chose to fully abolish legal slavery in all forms in their jurisdictions. The punishment or exception clause in the Thirteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution states, “Neither…

U.K. can no longer claim to be a world leader in tackling modern slavery
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U.K. can no longer claim to be a world leader in tackling modern slavery

The UN is set to review the U.K.’s human rights record in its universal periodic review (UPR) this week, which is anticipated to result in strong recommendations regarding the U.K’s rollback of support and rights for modern slavery survivors. Steady rollback of rights and support Since it’s last review in 2017, the U.K. has steadily…

States at COP27 must push climate action without modern slavery
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States at COP27 must push climate action without modern slavery

States are gathering in Egypt on Sunday for the COP27 UN climate summit where the importance of pushing for human rights-based climate action that prioritizes building resilience to modern slavery is paramount.  Activists silenced Egypt has come under scrutiny for its alarming human rights record and increasingly stringent restrictions on human rights and environmental activists,…

Qatar government refuses to support fund for exploited workers
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Qatar government refuses to support fund for exploited workers

Amid growing pressure ahead of the World Cup on November 20, this week the Qatari labor minister Ali bin Samikh Al Marri refused to support a compensation fund for exploited migrant workers and the families of those workers who have died. Migrant worker concerns dismissed We are disappointed that Al Marri dismissed the Pay Up…

How internet price hikes are endangering Lebanon’s kafala workers
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How internet price hikes are endangering Lebanon’s kafala workers

The 95% drop in value of Lebanon’s currency has taken its toll on migrant workers, leaving many unable to cover basic living costs.  Now that internet prices are set to double, migrant rights organizations and activists are concerned about what further isolation could mean for the safety of migrant domestic workers.  The kafala system  Under…

The bid to close the U.S. ‘slavery loophole’
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The bid to close the U.S. ‘slavery loophole’

Johnny Perez was made to work under threat of punishment, sewing underwear, pillowcases and sheets. He earned between $0.17 and $0.36 per hour for his labor.   Johnny was one of the hundreds of thousands of incarcerated people who are forced to work in the U.S. as a result of a so-called “slavery loophole” created…