Uzbekistan forced millions of children and adults to work in its cotton harvest this year, resulting in deaths, harrassment and extortion, a report by a human rights group said on Friday.
The Uzbek-German Forum for Human Rights said the government used fewer children than in 2013 to pick this year's cotton but had used more adults instead, including teachers and doctors.
The report by New York-based Human Rights Watch details a brutal extortion racket in which victims, most of them would-be migrants from Eritrea in the Horn of Africa, are beaten, burned and mutilated by smugglers while their anguished relatives – contacted by mobile phone – are forced to listen to their screams.
A couple and their five minor children from Odisha, who were allegedly forced to work as bonded labourers at a brick manufacturing unit at Kannurahalli near Hoskote on the outskirts of the city, were rescued on Thursday.
Rabat — Morocco needs tougher laws to combat human trafficking, a United Nations envoy warns.
Upon invitation of the government, United Nations Special Rapporteur Joy Ngozi Ezeilo just visited Rabat, Casablanca and Tangier to assess the magnitude of the problem in the kingdom.
By Roger-Claude Liwanga, Special for CNN
Editor’s note: Roger-Claude Liwanga is a human rights lawyer from the Congo and visiting scholar at Boston University. He worked for The Carter Center as a legal consultant, where he developed a training module to train Congolese judges and prosecutors on the protection of children against trafficking for economic exploitation in the mines.
SPAIN - The Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) has launched its report 'Sold to the Sea' in Madrid, Spain. The launch was hosted by the Spanish Secretary General of the Sea, Carlos Dominguez, who welcomed the report and called for all stakeholders in the fisheries sector to work together to address human trafficking and human rights abuses on fishing boats.