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"You delivered only 1286 kilograms? I’ll tear your head off!" - Uzbek cotton harvest summary
You delivered only 1286 kilograms? I’ll tear your head off! - Uzbek cotton harvest summary   
Leah Sullivan, Cotton Crimes Project Officer, 20 November 2015
Mass system of forced labour in Uzbekistan's cotton industry was in full swing again and acivists harassed on unprecedentent scale. Read more...

You can’t walk away while still handcuffed
You can’t walk away while still handcuffed   
13 November 2015
Kate Roberts, Head of Policy at Kalayaan, analyses the disastrous effects of tied Overseas Domestic Workers' visas on the migrant domestic workers. Read more...

One year on: Mauritania must release jailed anti-slavery activists
Mauritania must release two prisoners of conscience detained a year ago  

11 November 2015
It's been a year since Mauritanian anti-slavery activists were imprisoned for protesting slavery. They must be released immediately. Read more...



  
Qatar on track to organise world's bloodiest sporting event in history
Press Release, 28 October 2015
Qatar has failed to change the kafalah system in any way that could significantly improve the workers’ situation. Read more...


No Lipstick in Lebanon  
No Lipstick in Lebanon
Fasika Sorssa, former migrant domestic worker in Lebanon, 20 October 2015
Fasika tells how her employer kept her locked in the house for three years. Read more...


  
Why we mark Anti-Slavery Day
Jakub Sobik, Press and Digital Media Officer, 18 October 2015
Out of estimated 13,000 people in slavery in Britain only 1% have a chance to seeing their exploiter brought to justice. Read more...


World Day for Decent Work  
Decent work is at the heart of anti-slavery and anti-poverty struggles
Aidan McQuade, Director, 7 October 2015
We finally see decent work recognised as crucial in both reducing poverty and struggle to end slavery. Read more...


Britain should apologise and pay reparations for past slavery  
Britain should apologise and pay reparations for past slavery
Aidan McQuade, Director, 1 October 2015
The Caribbean needs reparations to reduce poverty: schools, teachers and healthcare, rather than a new prison. Read more...


Road to empower women workers in brick kilns  
Guest blog: Road to empower women workers in brick kilns
Ganga Sekhar, Volunteers for Social Justice, 15 September 2015
Brick kiln industry in India probably employs the largest unpaid women workforce in the world. Read more...


Cotton Crimes doodle  
Uzbek forced labour system explained in animated video
Leah Sullivan, Programme Assistant, 08 September 2015
Cotton Crimes happen every year and more people need to know about it so we made a little video to change it. Read more...


  
Forced labour powered cotton harvest starts
Statement, 08 September 2015
Cotton harvests in Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan officially started. Both will use forced labour on a big scale. Read more...


Biram Dah Abeid  
Mauritania condemned for repression of anti-slavery campaigners
Join letter to the United Nations, 25 August 2015
Anti-Slavery International co-signs letter condemning Mauritania’s imprisonment of anti-slavery activists. Read more...


India brick kiln briefing  
Why is forced and bonded labour rife in India's brick kilns?
Kate Willingham, International Advocacy Co-ordinator , 25 August 2015
Recruitment and labour practices, discrimination of marginalised communities are only some of the reasons. Read more...


New Mauritanian anti-slavery law is worthless if it is not implemented say campaigners  
New Mauritanian anti-slavery law is worthless if not implemented.
Press Release 18 August 2015
There are positives in the new law but if it's implemented like the current law, it will be worthless. Read more...


Slavery included in UN development goals  
Slavery included in UN development goals.
Aidan McQuade, Director. 04 August 2015
Including slavery in the UN Development Goals is crucial for tackling roots causes of slavery across the world. Read more...


Parosha Chandran a TiP Hero  
Parosha Chandran a Trafficking in Persons Hero.
Aidan McQuade, Director. 03 August 2015
If Parosha is not worthy of this award then I do not know who is.  Read more...


Modern Slavery Act comes into force  
Modern Slavery Act comes into force.
Press Release. 31 July 2015
The Modern Slavery Act coming into force on Friday 31 July is only a modest step to eradicate modern slavery.  Read more...


TiP Report supports forced labour  
Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan: U.S. in TiP report supports state-sponsored forced labour.
Press Release. 27 July 2015
U.S. decision in regards to Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan in Trafficking in Persons Report supports state-sponsored forced labour and fails victims..  Read more...


Analysis: Slavery denial and other ways to discredit the anti-slavery movement  
How can Mauritanian government get away with denying existence of slavery?
Sarah Mathewson. Africa Programme Co-ordinator. 15 July 2015
Analysis: Slavery denial and other ways to discredit the anti-slavery movement.  Read more...


Protecting the rights of construction workers migrating to Qatar - new project by Anti-Slavery International  
New project: Protecting the rights of construction workers migrating to Qatar.
Sarah Mount , South Asia Programme Co-ordinator. 15 July 2015
Indian and Nepalese workers migrate to Qatar without knowing what they’re getting themselves into. We're changing it. Read more...


Mauritanian justice system fails slavery victim whilst perpetrator walks free  
Mauritanian justice system fails slavery victim whilst perpetrator walks free.
Jakub Sobik, Press and Digital Media Officer. 11 July 2015
Court verdict in a fresh slavery case stands in stark contrast to governments PR rethoric. Read more...


Talibés ruling mounts pressure on Senegal  
Talibés ruling mounts pressure on Senegal to deal with forced child begging.
Sarah Mathewson, Africa Programme Co-ordinator. 07 July 2015
Ruling by the African Committee puts Senegal on the spot. The pressure to pass regulatory law is on.Read more...



  
From child domestic work exploitation to meeting the Queen.
Jakub Sobik, Press and Digital Media Officer. 23 June 2015
At 16 Angel Benedicto she was a child domestic worker. Yesterday she received the Queen’s Young Leader Award from the hands of the Queen. Read more...


The Council of Europe Trafficking Convention: Magna Carta of Rights of Trafficked Persons  
Council of Europe Trafficking Convention: Magna Carta of Trafficked People.
Klara Skrivankova, Europe Programme and Advocacy Co-ordinator. 18 June 2015
Until the introduction of the Convention, protection for trafficked persons was considered a luxury that could be arbitrarily provided or denied. Read more...


  
ILO Domestic Work Convention four years on.
Silvia Cormaci, Women and Girls Programme Co-ordinator. 16 June 2015
Today is fourth anniversary of the ILO Domestic Work Convention and we need to do more to protect domestic workers' right worldwide. Read more...


  
Magna Carta and Slavery.
Aidan McQuade, Director. 15 June 2015
It is tragic that the government of the United Kingdom seems intent on repudiating a considerable part of the United Kingdom’s human rights tradition founded on Magna Carta.  Read more...


Child Labour Day  
Child labour has decreased but no such luck with child slavery. Time to act.
Aidan McQuade, Director. 12 June 2015
Today on Child Labour Day we can recognise some achievements in tackling child labour. But we still fail children in slavery. Read more...


  
Injustices of Mauritanian criminal justice system. Blog from the trip.
Sarah Mathewson, Africa Programme Co-ordinator. 03 June 2015
I have just returned from a visit to Mauritania, where once again I had a chilling experience of witnessing injustices of the country’s criminal justice system. Read more...


21/05/15 New paper: Behind Closed Doors - Child and Early Marriage as Slavery

18/05/15 "Qatari government’s moves to improve the worker’s conditions is just a PR exercise" - comment after arrest of BBC crew reporting on migrant workers

05/05/15 U.S. Secretary of State urged to maintain Thailand on Tier 3 of the Trafficking in Persons Report

25/04/15 Call on Mauritania to tackle slavery

13/04/15 Uzbek Government Forces Labour & Extorts Funds From Citizens and Corporations - new report

08/04/15 Call on Nepal to act on bonded labour

27/03/15 Brief analysis of Modern Slavery Act
 
26/03/15 Modern Slavery Bill soured by lack of protection for migrant domestic workers and business responsibility loophole

17/03/15 Government ‘complicit in slavery’ after voting to deny basic protections for overseas domestic workers

17/02/15 Mauritania must immediately release jailed anti-slavery activists and human rights defenders

05/01/15 Voice of Freedom Project: Trafficking of East African women through the Sinai Desert

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