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16 May 2012

Afghanistan: Bonded labour ensnares entire families

Author: Rawa News

Bonded labour in Afghanistan’s brick kilns is one of the most common forms of hazardous labour in the country. More than half of the brick kiln workers surveyed in a recent report by the International Labour Organization (ILO) were children, with most...

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19 February 2012

Police rescue 17 bonded labourers in Araria dist [India]

Author: Bhuvaneshwar Prasad, Times of India

The Araria police ripped off the underbelly of a big racket in bonded labour and their physical exploitation when 17 bonded labourers, including six women…were rescued from a brick kiln at Matiari…The rescued bonded workers included minor boys and...

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14 February 2012
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Author: Laura Gaitán L, Mario F. Martínez, Paulo A. Pérez y Fabio E. Velásquez - Foro Nacional por Colombia y Revenue Watch

…[El] sector extractivo ha ganado importancia…por su peso en la economía…[y] la distribución de la renta pública generada…[Este] reporte…[es un] punto de partida para…[el] monitoreo e incidencia…[con] cuatro ejes temáticos…[1] regulación del sector y...

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10 February 2012

Nepal: Children labouring in brickyards - Irreparable damage

Author: AlertNet

Children…are working full time in 120 brick factories around Kathmandu. Working in brick factories exposes workers, especially children, to irreparable health damage including acute respiratory infections, spinal injuries and lung cancer…Terre des...

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7 February 2012

Afghan child labor fears grow as aid dries up

Author: Amie Ferris-Rotman, Reuters

Dwindling development aid…in Afghanistan means child labor…is at risk of becoming more widespread, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) warned…[Herve] Berger [ILO’s representative to Kabul] cited a report by the UN agency detailing one of the...

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2 January 2012

Three to eight million people work as bonded labour in Pakistan

Author: Express Tribune [Pakistan]

Activists from human rights organisations held a protest on December 30, 2011 to show solidarity with bonded labour…They were demanding the government to ensure the labourers got their rights. According to the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP)...

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30 December 2011

[video] Child labour rampant in Afghanistan

Author: Bernard Smith, AlJazeera

Many children in Afghanistan are among the most exploited members of society, being forced to work almost as soon as they can walk...

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19 December 2011

The menace of bonded labour [Pakistan]

Author: Ahmed Yusuf, Pakistan Today

Sabir Masih…had been killed by a brick kiln owner in Lahore, first tied to the chimney of a kiln and then thrown inside…But the murder of such men...was common…Another narrative that had become ensconced in the labourers’ collective memory was the rape...

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22 November 2011

Vietnam: Trafficked workers exploited in China

Author: United Nations Integrated Regional Information Network (IRIN)

Growing numbers of Vietnamese labourers are being trafficked to factories and plantations in China where they are exploited, according to the UN Inter-Agency Project on Human Trafficking...To avoid the beatings other workers suffered, Suu and Lin...

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20 November 2011

The dynamics of bonded labour [Pakistan]

Author: Syed Mohammad Ali, Express Tribune [Pakistan]

The bonded labour phenomenon is aptly described as modern-day slavery. Many poor workers around the world keep falling victim to debt bondage…Bonded labour…remains rampant across South Asia…including in Pakistan…The most widely and deeply affected...

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