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Everything Is Made of China (Well, in China)

Wednesday, 21 November 2012 02:06

My four and 6-year-old children were happily splashing in the bath when they noticed the small print on their seahorse: Made in China. They methodically checked the frog, dolphin, great white shark and the rest of the marine ecosystem in our tub coming up with the same result every time: Made in China.

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Kidney sale scandal has gone global

Tuesday, 27 November 2012 06:11

The kidney donor scandal implicating four South African surgeons and two Netcare staff is now part of a study on organ trafficking.

Durban - The multimillion-rand kidney donor scandal implicating four South African surgeons and two Netcare clinic staff is now part of a global EU study on human organ trafficking.

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Philippines 'a mine' for human trafficking

Saturday, 10 November 2012 06:49

MANILA -- The Philippines is no doubt a good resource for human trafficking, a United Nations (UN) official said Friday.

In a press conference, UN's Joy Ngozi Ezeilo lamented how Filipinos are being trafficked in different parts of the world.

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A United Nations special rapporteur warned the Philippines on Tuesday that the nation “must strengthen their efforts in combating human trafficking if they are to succeed in eliminating the brutal practice and protect the rights of those affected.”

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DAJABÓN, Dominican Republic – Dominican military officials and United Nations agencies are teaming to secure the porous Dominican-Haiti border, where human trafficking has proliferated.

The Dominican Minister of Armed Forces in September signed an agreement with the United Nations’ Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations’ High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to bolster protection at the border with an eye toward protecting trafficking victims.

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Modern Slavery

Sunday, 07 October 2012 14:46

There was a time in America, 150 years ago -- on September 22, 1862 to be exact -- when it was chic to have a slave serving your dessert, or at hand to service your every need.

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COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) A United States diplomat arrived in Sri Lanka on Monday to discuss issues relating to alleged war crimes stemming from the Indian ocean island nation's quarter-century civil war which ended four years ago.
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Child soldiers fighting in South Sudan

Friday, 17 January 2014 16:26

A top UN rights envoy in South Sudan says child soldiers are fighting in the conflict, with mass killings reported to have taken place.

'The reports that we have come across involve mass killings, extrajudicial killings, widespread destruction and looting, and child soldier recruitment,' the UN's Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Simonovic told reporters on Friday.

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Shantha Sinha said also there was a "political-economic nexus" that did want the practice eradicated.

"Child labour is a contentious issue, a political issue. It is an issue of disturbed political-economic nexus. There are vested political interests that wants to keep it there," she said.

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YANGON — Myanmar’s army has freed 96 children and young people from its armed forces, the United Nations said Saturday, hailing a “historic step” towards ending the use of child soldiers in the formerly junta-run nation.
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