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Human Rights and Cell Phones: Something Every Consumer Should Know
miravu, 6 Dec 2009
Plight of African child slaves forced into mines – for our mobile phones
Charles Lavery, Sunday Mail (UK), 6 Jul 2008
Conflict and economic downturn cause global increase in reported child labour violations - 40% of countries now rated 'extreme risk' by Maplecroft
Maplecroft, 5 Jan 2012
The Congo Connection between Slavery and Conflict Minerals
Tracy Fehr, Enough, Free the Slaves, 7 Jul 2011
[video] Ruby trade hides Myanmar slavery
Al Jazeera, 10 Mar 2011
Video shows “virtual slavery” child labour in Burma’s ruby industry.
Zimbabwe restarts diamond sales amid 'blood diamond' accusations
Arthur Bright, Christian Science Monitor, 12 Aug 2010
Allegations that villagers, including children, are forced to mine diamonds at gunpoint.
Not Only in Tunnels, Not Only in Gaza
Hedva Isachar, Hagada Hasmalit (Israel), 25 Jul 2009
Report says children are working in tunnels in Gaza, agriculture in Jordan Valley.
Working: Fidele Musaviri - Miner [Dem. Rep. of Congo]
Marketplace, American Public Media, 1 Dec 2008
Children as young as 11 work in the mines.
UK company Afrimex broke international guidelines, says British government
Global Witness, 28 Aug 2008
UK National Contact Point for the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises affirms that Afrimex helped finance rebels in Dem. Rep. of Congo, use of child and forced labour.
Burma’s Gem Trade and Human Rights Abuses
Human Rights Watch, Jan 2008
Burma’s gem industry is dominated by the Burmese military, human rights abuses including child and forced labour are widespread.
Child Labor in Afghanistan
Alexandra Reihing in Policy Innovations, 20 Jun 2007
UNICEF estimates 30% of primary school children in Afghanistan work, many provide the sole source of income for families.
[video] Congo’s Bloody Coltan
Mvemba Phezo Dizolele, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, 27 Oct 2006
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Conflict and economic downturn cause global increase in reported child labour violations – 40% of countries now rated ‘extreme risk’ by Maplecroft
An annual study by risk analysis firm Maplecroft has revealed that 76 countries now pose ‘extreme’ child labour complicity risks for companies operating worldwide, due to worsening global security and the economic downturn. This constitutes an increase...
Author: Tracy Fehr, Enough, Free the Slaves [USA]
In eastern Congo today, the mines have become a source of not only conflict minerals, but also a source of human slavery. The mines of eastern Congo are run by multiple armed groups, many of whom have strategically attacked and raped civilians in order...
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Author: Al Jazeera
Myanmar on Thursday opens one of its biggest ever sales of precious gems - an opportunity for the government to flaunt its massive ruby industry. However, what it wont show is the virtual slavery involved in the industry, with children as young as four...
Author: Arthur Bright, Christian Science Monitor
Zimbabwe reentered the legal diamond market this week with Tuesday's $72 million sale of 900,000 carats of the gems. The sale was supervised by an international 'blood diamond' watchdog group amid ongoing allegations that the Zimbabwean military is...
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Respecting human rights in our operations and throughout our entire supply chain is at the core of Cartier’s [part of Richemont] Corporate Responsibility Policy...we have always made clear our unequivocal commitment to the eradication of conflict...
Ever wonder what goes into making a cheap, throw-away cell phone? Nearly 30 percent of the minerals used to make electronics are dubbed “conflict minerals,” mined by children in a war-torn region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo...Documented...
Author: Hedva Isachar, Hagada Hasmalit [Israel]
…Approximately half of the 16,000 Palestinians who work in tunnels in Gaza, [a recent] report contends, are youth and children. They work at difficult and dangerous physical labor for about NIS 10 each hour… Israeli labor laws are not enforced…...
Author: Marketplace, American Public Media
Just traversing the mine was treacherous. To get from tunnel to tunnel you have to walk on narrow paths, slick with mud, above steep open pits...accidents are common... Kids as young as 11 work in the mines... Fidele has been mining for six years and...
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Author: Global Witness
UK company Afrimex breached the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises by purchasing minerals from a war-torn region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the British government has found. In a final statement published today, the British...
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Author: Charles Lavery, Sunday Mail [UK]
The child miners of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) risk death to dig for a highly dangerous ore used in mobiles, laptops and games consoles...Coltan smuggling is big business throughout Africa and is a major source of income for warring...