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Fewer Workers Forced to Prepare Uzbek Cotton Fields

For the first time in years, large numbers of public-sector employees were not forced to carry out spring fieldwork in Uzbekistan’s cotton fields, although instances of child labor and forced labor were documented, according to a new report by the Uzbek-German Forum (UGF). Despite progress, “No Need for Forced Labor when Farmers are Empowered to… [READ MORE]

Working for Peace in Nigeria: New Report

A new Solidarity Center report, “Working for Peace in North-East Nigeria: A Challenge for Nigerian Trade Unions,” outlines the devastating toll of Boko Haram violence on people living in northeast Nigeria, in particular on civil servants and their families, and how the labor movement will be essential to responding to the aftermath of the crisis… [READ MORE]

Migrant Workers in Thailand Arrested for Volunteering

Two female migrant workers from Myanmar were arrested in Thailand, fined and await deportation for volunteering their time to teach children of migrant workers at a Buddhist monastery, an action the Thailand-based Human Rights and Development Foundation (HRDF) is calling “illegitimate and unjustified.” The two women, who hold valid passports, visas and work permits, volunteered… [READ MORE]

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“The trauma experienced by working families at the peak of the insurgency is yet to be comprehensively addressed,” the Solidarity Center said in an 8-page document released in Abuja on Tuesday.  The Solidarity Center, a Washington-based organization, collaborated with the Nigeria Labor Congress (NLC) to carry out a comprehensive survey on the plight of workers in northeast Nigeria.

The Myanmar Garment Manufacturers Association must begin to see international institutions and NGOs as allies in the effort to show just how the industry is moving toward greater compliance. The ILO and U.S. Solidarity Center can be of immense help… Not only do they have the professionals Myanmar needs to move ahead, they have the credibility Myanmar lacks.

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