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June 13 2014

From Global development | The Guardian Fri Jun 13 2014, 12:03:00

Siddharth Kara, Harvard University fellow and author of three books on modern-day slavery, summarises what he has learned from 12 years of research into trafficking across six continents

Siddharth Kara: a global economy untainted by slavery? It can happen Continue reading...

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From Global development | The Guardian Fri Jun 13 2014, 09:42:27

Women in DRC are experiencing increasing levels of sexual violence, often as a result of conflict, but support networks are being established and the perpetrators are beginning to be brought to justice, including ranking officers of the army

A multimedia exhibition at the Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict summit this week showed the important work of grassroots women activists in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo in responding to sexual violence in conflict.

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From Global development | The Guardian Fri Jun 13 2014, 07:34:45

Qatar and most Gulf states abstain on treaty that requires countries to help victims and punish perpetrators of forced labour

Perpetrators of forced labour, which is estimated to affect 21 million people globally, will be punished in most countries under a UN treaty agreed on Wednesday, though Thailand voted against the treaty and nearly all Gulf countries including Qatar abstained.

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From Global development | The Guardian Fri Jun 13 2014, 06:26:28

Survivors United for Action, the first global network of its kind, aims to connect and support survivors and lobby policy-makers

Jineth Bedoya Lima was a journalist covering the conflict in Colombia in 2000 when she was kidnapped, tortured and sexually abused by paramilitaries.

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From Global development | The Guardian Fri Jun 13 2014, 05:43:56

Next week, the US publishes its influential Trafficking in Persons (TiP) report that ranks countries according to their efforts to tackle global slavery. Countries such as Thailand, in the spotlight following the Guardian's revelations that farmed shrimp from the country sold in US, UK and European supermarkets are fed on feed supplied by slave labour, will be anxiously awaiting the findings. But why is the TIP report important and what will it mean for those countries receiving the lowest rankings? Annie Kelly explains

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From Global development | The Guardian Fri Jun 13 2014, 02:00:02

Abuse, slavery and child labour underlie many of the goods and services we take for granted, yet systemic change is possible

A few years ago, I stepped into an unbearably hot and oppressive shrimp processing facility in Samut Sakhon, just south-west of Bangkok. Scores of workers toiled feverishly to process mountains of shrimp for export to the US and EU. Most had been trafficked to the facility from nearby Burma and Cambodia. They toiled like automatons, processing shrimp around the clock.

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June 12 2014

From Global development | The Guardian Thu Jun 12 2014, 14:13:14

NAPF says prawn-fishing scandal highlights risk of investing in business without full knowledge of supply chain

A Guardian investigation into slave labour used in the production of seafood sold to UK supermarkets has prompted the £900bn National Association of Pension Funds to call on pension schemes to demand more information about the risks lurking in companies' global supply chains. On Friday NAPF will recommend that its members question companies and City fund managers about the use of cheap labour, inhumane working conditions and other abuses in the production of goods sold by UK, US and European companies.

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From Global development | The Guardian Thu Jun 12 2014, 12:39:15

French supermarket group suspends purchases from Thai company while it audits its complex supply chain

Revealed: Asian slave labour producing prawns for supermarkets in US, UK

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From Global development | The Guardian Thu Jun 12 2014, 12:28:01

William Hague launches national action plan, saying that putting women at the centre of peace and security is a moral obligation

The UK government is aiming to take a lead role in ending sexual violence in conflict and getting more women involved in peace-building, through its national action plan on women, peace and security, launched on Thursday.

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From Global development | The Guardian Thu Jun 12 2014, 10:43:56

Visit to Downing Street in May last year to discuss trade and investment was not recorded by PM on official list of meetings

David Cameron hosted a Thai billionaire whose conglomerate is at the centre of Guardian revelations of fishing industry slavery, but did not record the visit on his official list of meetings.

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