December 15, 2019

Act to support Qatar’s plan to protect workers!

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Miriam Karmali, Freedom United Big news. The ILO recently announced that Qatar plans to abolish the kafala system in the country, signalling an end to an employment practice notorious for leaving migrant workers vulnerable to forced labor. Qatar is the first country in the Gulf region to make this commitment and we are eager to see it realized  – can […]

Keep forced labor off the shelves

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From Joanna Ewart-James, Freedom United  Did you know that there is a high risk that palm oil linked to forced labor and environmental destruction could end up on supermarket shelves, making its way into everything from shampoo to ice cream? But consumers don’t have to accept this as business as usual —we can fight back. FGV, one […]

I took our community’s names to New York!

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By Herrana Addisu, From Freedom United We asked and our community stepped up! We’ve been calling on you this past month to strengthen demands for action to end forced child marriage and last week our community’s names were finally delivered. We powered our partner Girls Not Brides[1] at the United Nations in New York with 94,215 names calling for action from […]

Gaspar is finally free…

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By Joanna Ewart-James, Freedom United  Gaspar Matalaev is finally free after serving his full three-year prison sentence for reporting on forced labor in Turkmenistan’s cotton fields. His freedom comes as a huge relief to all who have been campaigning for his release, but he should never have spent these past three years behind bars. Although Gaspar is […]

Fired for having cancer: Freedom United’s exclusive interview with Baby Jane Allas and Jessica Cutrera

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From Freedom United Imagine being fired for having cancer. It’s shocking, but it’s exactly what happened to Baby Jane Allas. The single mother came to Hong Kong to be a domestic worker in 2017, hoping to support her five children and mother back in the Philippines. Yet her employer acted like Baby Jane was her […]

URGENT: Can you help get Edith to London?

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By Joanna Ewart-James, Freedom United A couple of days ago, we asked our community to chip in to buy train tickets so survivors from around the UK can join our action in London. Thank you to everyone who has already contributed! We have only raised a quarter of what we need to ensure these survivors are heard at the […]

In solidarity with women?

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International Women’s Day is next week! We want to celebrate all the amazing actions you’ve taken to support women, who are disproportionately affected by modern day slavery. Women and girls make up 71% of modern slavery victims,[1]especially victims of forced marriage, trafficking for sexual exploitation, and domestic servitude. So every action taken is an action for them. […]

Malaysia wants to slash migrant wages

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From Freedom United Migrant workers in Malaysia are facing a new threat: the government wants to deduct 20% of their salaries in a move to prevent them from running away from their employers. Shockingly, Malaysia’s Human Resources Minister M Kulasegaran believes this is ‘win-win’ for both workers and employers. Yet this plan moves Malaysia in […]

Is the World Bank funding forced labor?

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From Freedom United The World Bank is an institution that provides loans for developing countries. Right now it is providing almost $500 million to Uzbek agriculture projects. Yet Uzbekistan’s cotton industry has historically relied upon state-sanctioned forced labor. Urge the World Bank to force change or withdraw their funding now! Whilst we have seen progress […]

The Editor speaks: Immigration

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My wife, Joan and her helper had to go to our Immigration Department last Monday (17) just to pay for the helper’s annual work permit fee. That was all. Joan is 84 years old. She told me the Immigration Hall was ‘packed to capacity’. Both of them had to wait for over two hours! It […]