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Colombia, Santos, agricultural workers, unions, Solidarity Center

Colombian Unions Remain Committed to Peace Process

  • October 12, 2016
  • Solidarity Center

In the wake of Colombia’s narrow rejection of a peace accord and the subsequent bestowing of the Nobel Peace Prize on the country’s president last weekend, Colombian trade unions vowed to remain part of the process to end the Western Hemisphere’s longest war and work toward a more inclusive society. On October 2 and to… [READ MORE]

Nepal, brick kilns, forced labor, Solidarity Center, unions

Children in Brick Kilns Must Not ‘Fall through the Cracks’

  • October 12, 2016
  • Jeff C. Wheeler

More than 168 million children labor around the world, most denied an education and condemned to a cycle of poverty. The sheer number of child laborers underscores the need for reform in the many industries that employ child labor. Reducing and eliminating child labor requires a focus on decent work for adults. In industries that… [READ MORE]

Mexico, miners, mine workers, unions, decent work, job safety, Solidarity Center

Special UN Report: Worker Rights Key to Human Rights

Workers rights—and the freedom to form unions and freely assemble—are key to achieving human rights, according to a new report by UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association Maina Kiai. The Solidarity Center is among organizations contributing to the research. “This report is a clear call to action to governments… [READ MORE]

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“The report sends a strong, clear message that labor rights are worker human rights and are central to sustainable development, democracy, human rights and fair economies–and that they are under attack globally,” said Shawna Bader-Blau, Executive Director of the Washington-based Solidarity Center.

A healthy, more equitable economy is key to any society emerging from a war as bitter as Sri Lanka experienced, and is crucial to mitigating future conflict. A critical element to address discord is equal treatment under the law. Yet there is rising concern that, across a broad range of issues, this equality has yet… [READ MORE]

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