January 31, 2023

Foreign court hears Uyghur activists in world first

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Miriam Karmali, Freedom United

October 30, 2022 News Digest
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Anti-slavery activists
 Foreign court hears legal case from Uyghurs for the first time ever
In what is believed to be the first time ever, a foreign court has heard legal arguments from Uyghurs regarding forced labor in China’s Uyghur Region. The World Uyghur Congress and the Global Legal Action Network are bringing the case against the U.K. claiming a failure, or refusal, to investigate imports from the Uyghur Region is unlawful. Read more…
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Law & policy
Italian trade unions and NGOs demand end to Italy-Libya memorandum
Around forty NGOs and three Italian trade unions have sent an appeal to the Italian government demanding the Italy-Libya memorandum not be renewed. The memorandum supports the Libyan authorities in actively intercepting and returning people to Libya putting them at risk of trafficking, forced labor and torture. Read more…
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Forced labor
Has the World Cup led to lasting improvements for migrant workers in Qatar?
Under the world’s gaze in preparation for hosting the World Cup, Qatar has passed a series of reforms to the exploitative kafala system which leaves low-paid migrant workers at high risk of forced labor and abuse. But are workers really feeling the benefits and, once the World Cup is over, will implementation of these reforms continue? We’re urgently calling on Football Associations and FIFA to set up a compensation fund for exploited workers. Read more…
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