Stop Sexual Violence in Conflict and Emergencies for the Yazidi Community

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Sexual violence in conflict and emergency zones is a serious, present-day atrocity affecting millions of people, primarily women and girls. It has long been used as a tactic of war and employed on a large scale by armed groups to humiliate opponents, terrify individuals and destroy societies.

  • Between 250,000 and 500,000 women were raped during the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.
  • Sexual violence was a characterizing feature of the 14-year long civil war in Liberia.
  • In the Democratic Republic of Congo approximately 1,100 rapes are being reported each month, with an average of 36 women and girls raped every day. It is believed that over 200,000 women have suffered from in the Democratic Republic of Congo since armed conflict began in the country.

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Call on the media to tell Survivor’s Stories with dignity

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Think about your worst experience. Now think about reliving that experience every single time someone asks you about it. That is what victims of trafficking and survivors like me have to go through every time we tell our stories.” Sophie Otiende, Survivor.

Did you watch Sophie, and other survivors of modern slavery, tell their story in our My Story My Dignity campaign? Since we’ve launched this campaign, we’ve had an outpouring of support from supporters like you who’ve opened their eyes to the experiences survivors’ face when their stories are reported.

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Tell Nevsun ‘No’ to Modern Slavery and Human Rights Abuses

On May 3, Nevsun – the mining company that operates in Eritrea, northeast Africa, will hold their Annual General Meeting in Vancouver. We will grab this opportunity to show their investors and shareholders that we do not want companies profiting from a system of state-sponsored forced labor. Continue reading

Avaaz – Free Qatar’s modern slaves

Via Avaaz – Free Qatar’s modern slaves.

Forced to work under the desert’s scorching sun, denied food, drinking water, and barred from escaping home, thousands of men in Qatar are modern day slaves. And we can help free them.

Last year, one person died every other day building a billion dollar mega-project for Qatar’s 2022 World Cup. A major part of the project is managed by an American company with a CEO who lives in a quiet part of Colorado. If more than 1 million of us stand together for freedom, we can confront her with our voices every time she leaves her house to go to work, or to ski, until she takes action.

This same tactic pushed Hilton Hotels to protect women against sex trafficking in days — join the urgent call to help free Qatar’s modern slaves.

Tata: Lead the Fight to End Human Trafficking in Assam – walkfree.org

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“My daughter is not here, my husband is not here. I have only my pain: I live with my pain only.” – Susena1

Susena’s daughter Laxmi was 12 years old when she disappeared, lured by a trafficker promising a better life. Devastated, Susena’s husband left their home in a desperate attempt to recover their missing daughter, joining many others in the search for missing loved ones.

Stories of a unique situation of poverty that leaves generations vulnerable to trafficking and modern slavery in Assam, India are being reported across estates owned by Amalgamated Plantations (APPL) — a company whose biggest shareholder is Tata Global Beverages (Tata), parent company of Tetley tea.2

Here’s the good news — Tata has responded to over 95,000 messages from YOU and your fellow Walk Free activists calling on them to play a leading role in ending modern slavery in the region. Tata wrote to us that they are now working on an action plan following the completion of an audit conducted by the Solidaridad Network of living and working conditions in the APPL tea estates.3

We need to continue to put pressure on Tata Global Beverages: CLICK HERE to tell Tata to take responsibility and ensure transparency in addressing human trafficking in Assam.

Tata’s audit is a step in the right direction, but it’s only the beginning of a long process to ensure the living and working conditions in Assam do not leave generations vulnerable to modern slavery — and this process needs to be transparent in order to have a chance of succeeding.

Men, women, and children from the Assam tea-growing region are being deceived with promises of a new life and great work opportunities and are ultimately being trafficked and exploited to cities across India — a form of modern slavery fuelled by labour practices and working conditions on the tea plantations that leave workers and their families vulnerable to trafficking.

We want to see Tata Global Beverages, as a major shareholder of APPL, take leadership in preventing people being trafficked out of the tea plantations. Tata has a significant role to play and must take their share of the responsibility in tackling this crime.

We call on Tata Global Beverages to be transparent and take the following actions:

  1. Release a full and unedited version of the Solidaridad audit report;
  2. Set a public deadline for the release of a detailed action plan outlining the actions that will be taken to improve the social, living and working conditions of tea plantation workers, reducing their vulnerability to situations of modern slavery.

Tata Global Beverages has the power to do the most good in this situation — with your continued vigilance, we can help ensure that they play the crucial role of leading the fight to end slavery in Assam.

Take action now: Call on Tata take significant and transparent steps to end the “Tea Maid Trade” from the tea plantations of Assam, India.

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1 http://www.stopthetraffik.org/download.php?type=resource&id=833
2 http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2014/mar/02/tea-workers-sold-into-slavery
http://www.tataglobalbeverages.com/sustainability/statement-on-independent-assessment-of-appl-plantations

Walk Free | Call on Natural Fruit to drop all charges against Andy Hall

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Andy Hall is a British campaigner with a special focus on the rights of migrant workers. Two years ago he undertook an investigation on behalf of Finnwatch into potential labour abuses at Natural Fruit, part of NatGroup, a Thai company that processes pineapples and supplies retailers around the world.

Instead of addressing the allegations published in Finnwatch’s report, Natural Fruit decided to try and silence Andy with lawsuits. He could now face 7 years in prison and $10 million in legal damages for his investigations.

If this case proceeds and Natural Fruit are successful this would not only be a grave miscarriage of justice for Andy Hall. This process could set a dangerous precedent for other companies in Thailand that might take a similar approach when allegations are raised of modern slavery in their supply chains. This threatens the work of anti-slavery campaigners but also workers in Thailand who might be too afraid to come forward and report abuse.

Join the call for justice: demand that Natural Fruit drop all charges against Andy Hall and thoroughly investigate and take action to ensure there is no modern slavery or exploitation in their business.

via Walk Free | Stand with anti-slavery activist Andy Hall – Walk Free.

Walk Free | FIFA play ball: help end modern slavery in Qatar

Squalid, overcrowded accommodation. Brutally long days working in the blistering heat. Regular abuses of rights such as having passports withheld or being lied to about the nature of promised work.1

This is the everyday reality for migrant workers in Qatar helping to bring us the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Worse still, recent reports show that workers from Nepal and India are dying in record numbers on Qatari construction sites since the country won its World Cup bid.2

FIFA has pledged to do more to improve the “unacceptable” situation for workers on World Cup-related projects,3 but these words have yet to be followed by action.

via Walk Free | FIFA play ball: help end modern slavery in Qatar – Walk Free.

SLAVE LABOR – APPALLING! Demand Target stop doing business with Uzbekistan!

This should not happening, please sign the petition and let everyone know to sign it too – together we can stop things like this from happening!

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Just days ago, a 6-year-old boy suffocated under a load of cotton during this year’s cotton harvest in Uzbekistan.

Men, women and children forced to pick cotton will continue to suffer threats, injuries, and worse, if this form of modern slavery continues in the Uzbek cotton fields.

TAKE ACTION NOW: Call on Target to stop doing business with companies that support slavery in the cotton fields of Uzbekistan. 

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“A young woman died because of cotton. Who is responsible for her death?” – witness to Makhlie’s death1

Makhlie should have been in a classroom days ago when the Uzbek school year began. Instead, she and her classmates were working in the cotton harvest in the fields of Uzbekistan where an accidental brush with a live electrical wire stopped her heart. She was only 16.

Makhlie should never have been in that field picking cotton, but the Uzbek government…

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UN : Investigate slavery in Russian prisons

Recently, it has come to light that Russia is not a great place for freedom at the moment. Publicly being gay has been made illegal, there are billionaires making more and more money while there is extreme poverty on the streets – and recently several protestors have made the news, having been arrested for speaking out.

It now comes to light that these prisoners are being forced to live in slave-like conditions, made to work 17 hours a day in appalling conditions. Please read the article on The Petition Site, and sign the petition asking the United Nations to investigate these claims.