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Shylock's grip: A spotlight on Chinese debt bondage – dtnext
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Shylock's grip: A spotlight on Chinese debt bondage – dtnext

Editor’s note: lending and how countries and extra-national groups manage their banking is beyond our scope, so this is presented as an opinion piece for you to consider in your research. To be sure, since the start of the made-in-China Covid-19 pandemic, China’s overseas lending for infrastructure projects has been on the decline (until 2019,…

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…

Trump White House Blocked Dozens of New Government Websites – Business Insider
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Trump White House Blocked Dozens of New Government Websites – Business Insider

Federal agencies asked the Trump White House to approve dozens of new “.gov” websites. But Trump officials rejected many of them, according to records obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request. In contrast, the Biden White House has approved almost all such website requests. Donald Trump’s White House blocked dozens of federal agencies from…

Joe Biden under investigation for human trafficking – Weekly Blitz
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Joe Biden under investigation for human trafficking – Weekly Blitz

Editor’s note: we are a nonpartisan group and are presenting this as a news article for you to use as part of your research.   The Republican-controlled House of Representatives will investigate Joe Biden for a series of alleged crimes including human trafficking for which extensive documentation already exists, Reps. Jim Jordan of Ohio and…

In the spotlight: the UK’s human rights and modern slavery record under review
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In the spotlight: the UK’s human rights and modern slavery record under review

04 November 2022 In our latest blog, Jo Baker, International Advocacy Manager, takes a look at the UN’s five-year human rights reviews, which will spotlight the UK in 2022. Image credit: Melinda Nagy, via Shutterstock. Every five years, the UK has a human rights health check at the United Nations, performed by other countries, and…

510 human trafficking cases reported in Germany in 2021: Police – Inshorts
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510 human trafficking cases reported in Germany in 2021: Police – Inshorts

German Police and customs officials responded to 510 human trafficking cases in the country in 2021, which was an increase of 10% from the figure of 2020, the Federal Criminal Police Office said. The average age of the victims was 15 years, it added. The number of children affected due to trafficking was 23% higher…

Cambodia’s modern slavery nightmare: the human trafficking crisis overlooked by authorities
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Cambodia’s modern slavery nightmare: the human trafficking crisis overlooked by authorities

Despite promises by government to eradicate trafficking rings, people are still being sold in Cambodia and forced to run online scams At 3.28am on 29 June 2021, Xu Mingjian crept out of a dorm room inside a gated compound in Sihanoukville, Cambodia, and made his way to the second floor, where his friend, another victim…

How to tackle the rise in kidnappings, human trafficking in South Africa – Mail & Guardian
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How to tackle the rise in kidnappings, human trafficking in South Africa – Mail & Guardian

In the first six months of 2022, an average of 1 143 kidnappings a month were reported to the police, making it 60% higher than the number reported for the whole of 2019. The increase in kidnapping for ransom and extortion cases “suggests that it has become an established and lucrative criminal practice in South Africa”,…

How TikTok profits from vulnerable Syrian refugees – The New Arab
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How TikTok profits from vulnerable Syrian refugees – The New Arab

In-depth: In Syria, displaced families are live streaming on TikTok begging viewers to give them ‘virtual gifts’, but a recent investigation by the BBC found that the social media platform is reaping the profits. ‘Please like, please share, please gift’ is one of the most common phrases used by Syrian children and their parents on…

UNGA Vote on Russia's Annexation, Arctic Circle Assembly, International Day of the Girl, and More
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UNGA Vote on Russia's Annexation, Arctic Circle Assembly, International Day of the Girl, and More

 Listen to the podcast here. Transcript Bob McMahon: (00:01) In the coming week, the UN General Assembly considers condemning Russia’s annexation of four Ukrainian regions. The Arctic Circle Assembly meets in Iceland and the International Day of the Girl marks its 10th anniversary. It’s October 6th, 2022, and time for The World Next Week. I’m…