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9 February 2005

Child and forced labour in post-conflict Sierra Leone

Author: International Confederation of Free Trade Unions

Child labour is widespread in Sierra Leone and law enforcement is weak. Several thousand children work in diamond mining, mainly boys, in an environment which closely resembles slave labour.

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9 February 2005
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Author: Confederación Internacional de Organizaciones Sindicales Libres [CIOSL]

El trabajo infantil está muy difundido en Sierra Leona y la ley no se aplica con rigor. En las minas de diamante trabajan varios miles de menores, principalmente varones, en condiciones que se asemejan muchísimo a la esclavitud.

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27 April 2007

Labouring for chocolate [Côte d'Ivoire]

Author: Orla Ryan, BBC News

...[M]any children on cocoa farms don't get to school, some exchange their childhood for work, a roof over their head and a meal a day. Others have been sent by their parents into virtual slavery, suffering beatings and abuse... Now chocolate firms...

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29 September 2008

Jade trade in Myanmar thrives on exploitation, rights abuses

Author: Rajeshree Sisodia, The National [UAE]

…Around 20,000 people from across Myanmar migrate or are forced to work for hundreds of [Imperial green jade] mine companies that operate in Hpakant…collecting the precious stone has become little more than a ticket to a life of exploitation, poverty...

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14 August 2009

Burmese villagers 'forced to work on Total pipeline'

Author: Rajeshree Sisodia and Andrew Buncombe, Independent [UK]

Total is at the centre of allegations that Burmese villagers are being used as forced labour to help support a huge gas pipeline...Testimony from villagers and former soldiers gathered by human rights workers suggests that Burmese soldiers, who provide...

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10 September 2009
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Author: Arnaud Vaulerin, Libération [France]

Total est à nouveau rattrapé par ses liens troubles avec la junte birmane. Dans un rapport publié aujourd’hui, que Libération a pu lire en avant-première, l’ONG américano-thaïlandaise Earth Rights International (ERI) accuse le géant pétrolier français...

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11 September 2009

Embassy guards visited sex-slave brothels, whistleblower claims

Author: Tim Hull, Courthouse News Service [USA]

A former director for a private security firm responsible for guarding the U.S. Embassy in Kabul says he was fired for repeatedly warning his superiors that company managers and guards frequented brothels staffed by Chinese sex slaves, and that U.S....

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11 September 2009

September 2009 EarthRights reports re Burma & company responses

Author: compiled by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

EarthRights International published two reports in September 2009 alleging links between Chevron and Total's Yadana gas pipeline in Burma, and human rights abuses there. The reports also alleged that government revenues from the Yadana gas pipeline are...

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12 February 2010
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Author: RTL [Luxembourg]

Près de 99,5 pc du chocolat belge vendu dans les grandes surfaces contient du cacao récolté par des enfants-esclaves, affirme Oxfam qui demande aux producteurs belges d'utiliser des fèves de cacao provenant du commerce équitable... Les petits fermiers...

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15 February 2010

Metals in mobile phones financing brutal war in Congo

Author: Global Witness

Metals found in everyday electronics items, such as mobile phones and computers, are being mined illegally in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and funding a conflict that has caused millions of deaths, said Global Witness on the opening...

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