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BOGOTA (AlertNet) - When authorities from the Dominican Republic raided several houses in a poor residential neighbourhood last year in the capital city Santo Domingo, they found 44 children crammed in rooms, some sitting on the floor, others huddled under beds, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

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ON June 12 every year, the International Community joins to mark the World Day against Child Labour. On this day, it calls for Universal ratification of the International Labour Organization (ILO)'s Conventions on child labour and of all ILO core conventions.

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Overnight the US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, singled out 10 international citizens, including Australian lawyer Dr Anne Gallagher, to award for their work in fighting the trade. -->
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Michel Chikwanine, a university student in Canada who was once a child soldier in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, has suffered things no ordinary Japanese child will ever have to.

But, he says, that does not mean Japan has no connection to the widespread problem of child labor, including child soldiers.

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MANILA, Philippines – The United Nations Human Rights Council has passed a resolution urging states to “provide effective assistance and support to trafficked victims,” the Department of Foreign Affairs said in a statement Friday.

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(New York) – Thailand’s government should scrap the labor minister’s proposed regulation to deport migrant workers who become pregnant, Human Rights Watch said today. The proposal discriminates against women workers and would not advance the government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s stated aim of reducing human trafficking.

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At a United Nations-backed meeting in Italy, Somalia's Transitional Federal Government today signed an action plan to end the recruitment and use of children in the East African country's national military.

"The signature of the action plan will be critical for the professionalization of the security forces, and will contribute positively to the ongoing stabilisation of Somalia," the Secretary-General's Special Representative and head of the UN Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS), Augustine Mahiga, said in a news release.

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The Philippines and Germany on Thursday led 68 other countries in adopting a resolution against human trafficking in the United Nations Human Rights Council, the Department of Foreign Affairs said Friday.
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Trafficking is prohibited by the constitution of India. Yet, India is a source, destination and transit country for human trafficking primarily for commercial sexual exploitation and forced labour. False marriages are also becoming a pull factor for trafficking women and girls according to a United Nations report, 2011, titled 'Responses to human trafficking in Bangladesh, Nepal, India and Sri Lanka'.
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The UN Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) has urged the Maldives to guarantee citizens’ right to democracy, permit freedom of religion, reform the Judicial Services Commission (JSC), abolish flogging and the death penalty, and deal with human trafficking, among other recommendations.
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