About: child labour

Development Policy 12-06-2019

One in ten of the world’s children are forced to work, report shows

Every tenth child in the world, which amounts to over 150 million in total, are forced to work to support their family financially, according to the human rights organisation Terre des Hommes. This finding was published in the organisation's 2019 Child Labour Report, which it published for International Child Labour Day (12 June). EURACTIV Germany reports.
Central Asia 04-04-2019

Narbaeva: Uzbekistan is determined to reform and put an end to negative stereotypes

Tanzila Narbaeva, the Deputy Prime Minister of Uzbekistan, told EURACTIV about her country's efforts to develop modern agriculture, eliminate child or forced labour and invest in human capital, especially women.
Development Policy 19-09-2017

More than 40 million people trapped in slavery: New global estimate

More than 40 million people were trapped as slaves last year in forced labour and forced marriages, according to the first joint effort by key anti-slavery groups to estimate the number of victims worldwide of the international crime.
Development Policy 09-06-2017

Arancha González: ‘Fair’ is a bit of a difficult word

In an exclusive interview, the International Trade Centre's executive director managed expectations about fair trade, as well as broaching the subject of child labour and transparency in the value chain.

Corporate accountability: Is the EU ready to listen?

The European Commission should start listening to its citizens and come out with concrete plans to enhance corporate accountability, at home and abroad, urge Jerome Chaplier, Urs Rybi and Sandra Cossart.
Trade & Society 06-10-2016

Malmström backs EU whistleblower over Thai labour rights

EU Trade Commission Cecilie Malmström on Thursday (6 October) strongly backed the British labour rights activist who helped expose labour abuses in Thailand, for which he received a three-year suspended jail sentence.
Global Europe 01-08-2016

We need a change of approach to address the exploitation of Syrian refugee children

The war in Syria is raging on with no end in sight to the suffering or human rights violations it brings. We need to rethink how we protect the children displaced by this conflict, write Pierre Salignon and Gael Giraud.
Development Policy 19-07-2016

Gebrselassie calls for more help for El Niño-hit Africa

Haile Gebrselassie, the world’s greatest-ever long-distance runner, has warned that the world is in danger of “forgetting a huge emergency” in Ethiopia and other African states struggling to respond to shortages after the most extreme El Nino in half a century.
Global Europe 31-05-2016

Turkey: No future for refugees

Despite official claims, Turkey cannot be considered a safe country – neither for migrants nor for its own citizens, writes Hakan Ataman.
Development Policy 19-01-2016

Smartphone batteries linked to human rights violations

An NGO report published today (19 January) has revealed the grim link between the batteries in our mobile devices and electric cars, and illegal child labour. EURACTIV's partner El País -Planeta Futuro reports.
Global Europe 18-01-2016

EU labour rights activist pleads not guilty to Thai defamation charges

A UK lawyer pleaded ‘not guilty’ Monday to defamation charges which could see him spend seven years in jail for exposing alleged labour abuses in Thailand’s tinned fruit factories.
Global Europe 15-12-2015

Shrimp sold by global supermarkets is peeled by slave labourers in Thailand

Every morning at 2 AM, they heard a kick on the door and a threat: get up or get beaten. For the next 16 hours, No 31 and his wife stood in the factory with their aching hands in ice water.
Agrifood 30-11-2015

Thai traffickers exposed by campaign group investigating fishing industry

A three-year investigation into slavery on Thailand's fishing boats has uncovered a well-oiled system of trafficking, abuse and exploitation in the southern port of Kantang, leading to eight arrests this month, a campaign group said on Monday.
German Development Minister Gerd Müller hopes to encourage better working conditions and wages for textile workers in developing countries. [ILO/Aaron Santos]
Development Policy 17-10-2014

German manufacturers bail on sustainable textile alliance

With a special alliance for sustainable clothing and a new textile label, German Development Minister Gerd Müller hopes to help guarantee fair working conditions in developing countries. But the initiative has been abandoned by relevant corporations and is under attack from NGOs. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Health 15-03-2012

MEPs call for end to child labour in cocoa trade

Europeans are among the world’s biggest consumers and producers of chocolates, but members of the European Parliament want to stronger measures to ensure that a key ingredient in candy and confections wasn't harvested with child labour.

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