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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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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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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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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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