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Blog and latest news 2016

European Parliament agrees Uzbek trade deal despite forced labour concerns
  
21 December 2016
Louise Eldridge on how the Textile Protocol will lower import tariffs for Uzbek products to Europe, including cotton marred by state sponsored forced labour.

Over 57,000 students call on European Parliament to postpone vote on EU‐Uzbekistan textile protocol
  
12 December 2016
Student unions of major UK universities representing over 57,000 students concerned with modern slavery sign a letter of solidarity with Uzbek students .

Mauritania appeal court decision in slavery case, "another setback" to application of anti-slavery laws
  
25 November2016
Anti-Slavery International and Minority Rights Group International are disappointed by the outcome of the appeal in the Said and Yarg slavery case in Mauritania.

EU Trade Committee backs Uzbek forced labour trade deal
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10 November2016
European Parliament Trade Committee has passed a resolution backing the Uzbek Textile Protocol despite widespread forced labour concerns.

Documentary delivers fresh evidence of forced labour in Uzbek
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07 November2016
Coinciding with the European Parliament's debate over a proposed trade deal with Uzbekistan, new documentary shows evidence of forced labour in cotton industry.

Anti-Slavery International calls on the European Parliament not to enter into Uzbek trade deal tainted by forced labour
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07 November2016
EU considers Uzbek treaty whilst Anti-Slavery launches new documentary with fresh forced labour evidence. 

Inside story: Canadian court allows landmark modern slavery case against mining company to proceed to trial
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28 October2016
Canadian lawyers responsible for the case of alleged forced labour at the Bisha mine in Eritrea share the inside story. 

Mauritania: acceptance of anti-slavery case by African child rights body is a ‘ray of hope,’ say anti-slavery organisations
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27 October2016 
Hearing today by the African child rights body of the case of two brothers held in slavery in Mauritania is a ray of hope for the anti-slavery movement, say Minority Rights Group International (MRG) and Anti-Slavery International.

Alone and at risk of slavery: unaccompanied child refugees
  
24 October2016 
Aidan McQuade examines the risks of trafficking for unaccompanied child refugees and whether Britain is prepared to tackle child trafficking.

UK's anti-slavery legislation fails victims in England and Wales
  
18 October2016 
Vicky Brotherton, Co-ordinator of the Anti-Trafficking Monitoring Group (ATMG), summarises the findings of the ATMG's 'Class Acts?' report and what this means going forward.

New report by Anti-Trafficking Monitoring Group examines 2015 laws introduced to tackle modern slavery
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18 October2016 
Modern Slavery Act leaves victims In England and Wales at a disadvantage compared to the rest of the UK, says new Anti-Trafficking Monitoring Group’s report

Treble Marathon challenge for Anti-Slavery International
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14 October2016 
Our supporter Paul Henty on his incredible challenge running three marathons in consecutive weekends for Anti-Slavery International.



Brexit could weaken Europe's anti-slavery efforts
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07 October2016 
Director, Aidan McQuade, on how Brexit could affect how Britain and Europe tackle human trafficking.


Cotton Crimes 2016 in full swing

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05 October2016 
UK and Europe Programme Assistant Louise Eldridge on Cotton Crimes happening right now in Uzbekistan.


Special Rapporteur prompts UN member states into action on debt bondage
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16 September 2016 
International Advocacy Manager Kate Willingham on yesterday's important session of the UN Human Rights Council.


'Devastating blow' for anti-slavery movement as Mauritanian activists sentenced
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19 August 2016 
The arrest today of 13 anti-slavery activists in Mauritania is a 'devastating blow' to the movement.


Four misconceptions about slavery
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10 August 2016 
Our Director Aidan McQuade on BBC Three and the sensationalist myths of modern day slavery.


Roger Casement, an anti-slavery rebel

Roger Casement, an anti-slavery rebel   
02 August 2016 
At the centenary of Roger Casement’s death, Anti-Slavery Director Aidan McQuade writes on his stance on slavery, human rights and the morality of rebellion.


Indian government forgets children’s invisible work

Indian government forgets children’s invisible work   
02 August 2016 
South Asia Programme Manager Sarah Mount analyses India's new Child Labour Bill.


Theresa May's task force on modern slavery positive, but protecting the victims crucial
Theresa May's task force on modern slavery positive, but protecting the victims crucial   
01 August 2016 
Comment on Theresa May’s announcement to strengthen the efforts to fight modern slavery in Britain.


Modern Slavery Act: announcement of an open-source registery by key organisations
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15 July 2016 
Key organisations, including Anti-Slavery International, have announced they will establish an open-source Registry to host businesses' modern slavery statements.


Student campaign: '10 Things You Didn't Know About Slavery'
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12 July 2016 
We welcomed two student activists from University College London (UCL) who created a video and digital campaign on slavery in the UK and our legacy of anti-slavery campaigning. 

US takes strong stand against forced labour in supply chains
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8 July 2016 
US downgrades Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan in latest anti-trafficking report.

Event - Exploitation and Slavery in global supply chains
  
1 July 2016
Wednesday 6th July: our Director, Aidan McQuade, will speak as part of a panel discussion on exploitation and slavery in global supply chains.

Campaigner's view: Glasgow Anti-Slavery Group Qatar protest
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17 June 2016
Laura Wood, leader of Glasgow Anti-Slavery Group, on their recent protest on exploitation on Qatar stadiums.


Gallery: Mauritanian women against slavery
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09 June 2016
We present the gallery of women who were affected by slavery and inspire others to stand up against it.


Landmark victory from Mauritania: voices from Mauritania
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27 May 2016
Salimata Lam, National Coordinator of SOS-Esclaves, on the landmark slavery court case in Mauritania.


Double court v ictory a potential game changer for slavery in Mauritania

Double court victory a potential game changer for slavery in Mauritania   
18 May 2016
Conviction of two slave masters in a case brought by Anti-Slavery International hailed as a game changer .


On Beyonce’s Ivy Park Topshop sweatshop allegations
  
17 May 2016
Jakub Sobik, Press and Digital Media Manager, on why we should not pick at Beyonce .


Exit from the European Union "likely to have negative impact on fighting slavery "

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03 May 2016
Anti-Slavery International has expressed concerns over the impact of the UK’s potential exit from the EU on the efforts to combat modern slavery.


'He gave me to someone else". Protecting workers migrating to the Gulf
Protecting workers migrating to the Gulf   
28 April 2016
Ruchi Gupta from Centre for Education and Communication and Sarah Mount of Anti-Slavery International on our project in India.

UK parliament rejects opportunity to end slavery of domestic workers

  
28 April 2016
Press and Digital Media Manager Jakub Sobik on the decision of UK MPs to reject protections for overseas domestic workers from slavery.


Nepalese children trafficked to Britain more likely to be deported than protected
Nepalese children trafficked to Britain not likely to be protected   
04 April 2016
Press and Digital Media Manager Jakub Sobik on shocking story of Nepalese children being sold into domestic slavery in Britain.


Transparency in supply chains - a mark of a good business
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31 March 2016
Europe Programme and Advocacy Co-ordinator Klara Skrivankova on what businesses must do to tackle slavery in their supply chains.


In remembering the past, we don't blind ourselves to slavery today
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25 March 2016
Outreach and Community Fundraiser Ellie McDonald considers the remembrance day for the victims of slavery and the Transatlantic slave trade as a call to action. 


New opportunity to end slavery of domestic workers in the UK
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23 March 2016
Europe Programme and Advocacy Co-ordinator Klara Skrivankova on the opportunity to end exploitation of overseas domestic workers in the UK.


To fight slavery we must confront the system that creates it
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18 March 2016
Today the Director of Anti-Slavery International, Aidan McQuade, is speaking to the Global Sustainability Network Forum in Vatican. Here is what he has to say.


Global activists petition World Bank to stop financing Uzbek forced labour
Global activists petition World Bank to stop financing Uzbek forced labour   
9 March 2016
New report documents state-led forced labour in 2015 Uzbekistan's cotton harvest within World Bank project areas. 


UK Government continues to facilitate exploitation of overseas domestic workers
UK Government continues to faciliate exploitation of overseas domestic workers   
9 March 2016
Press and Digital Media Manager Jakub Sobik on new rules for overseas domestic workers proposed by the British Government. 


Women and slavery - blog for the Women’s Day
Women and slavery - blog for the Women’s Day   
8 March 2016
Widespread discrimination against women makes them extra vulnerable to exploitation and slavery  - analysis based on the West Africa example.


Lack of trafficking victim protection for those pregnant and with children shows what's wrong with UK response to slavery
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1 March 2016
Klara Skrivankova, our European Programme and Advocacy Coordinator, sums up the findings of the latest ATMG report. 


Domestic workers change employers for protection not for immigration reasons
Domestic workers change employers for protection not for immigration reasons   
23 February 2016
New report by the Anti-trafficking Monitoring Group looks at how trafficking victims who are pregnant or with children are protected in Britain.


Report: trafficking victims pregnant or with children systematically overlooked

Trafficking victims pregnant or with children systematically overlooked   
23 February 2016
New report by the Anti-trafficking Monitoring Group looks at how trafficking victims who are pregnant or with children are protected in Britain. 


"I don't trust you, please look after my children"
"I don't trust you, please look after my children"   
19 February 2016
Nay El Rahi from KAFA (Enough Violence and Exploitation) on exploitative and abusive culture amongst the employers of migrant domestic workers in Lebanon. 


Tolerating lesser evil: development and the abolitionist movement in history

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11 February 2016
Historian Richard Huzzey explains how linking the abolitionist movement to the development agenda has brought mixed results .


La Casa de Panchita turns child domestic workers’ lives around  
La Casa de Panchita turns child domestic workers’ lives around   
18 January 2016
Blanca Figueroa, Director of Asociacion Grupo de Trabajo Redes (AGTR) , on the daily struggles of supporting child domestic workers in Peru’s capital, Lima. 


Satisfaction for workers, success for activists, shame for the Czech police
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19 January 2016
Klára Skrivánková, Europe Programme Co-ordinator, on the Czech Constitutional Court's verdict into the infamous ‘tree workers’ case.