Financing Forced Labor: The Legal and Policy Implications of World Bank Loans to the Government of Uzbekistan

Publication Date: 

September 13, 2016
Sixty years have passed since the adoption of ILO Convention No. 105 (Abolition of Forced Labor Convention, 1957), yet a number of States have persisted in using forced labor for economic development, the eradication of which was a driving force behind establishing the Convention. Nowhere in the world is this problem more entrenched and pervasive than Uzbekistan. 

Three Years After Rana Plaza, H&M Factories Still Not Safe

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May 2, 2016

An analysis of the latest safety action plans for H&M’s strategic suppliers in Bangladesh reveals that three years after the Rana Plaza building collapse, which killed 1,134 workers producing apparel for global brands and retailers, the majority of H&M’s factories are still not safe. There are some signs of progress: almost all of H&M’s suppliers now have some fire doors installed and H&M has increased the level of detail it provides in its public reporting.

Rana Plaza 3 Years On: Compensation, Justice, Workers' Safety

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April 23, 2016

Following the collapse of the Rana Plaza building on 24th April 2013 a significant number of campaigns were undertaken to ensure the survivors and the families of the workers killed receive just and fair compensation, and to ensure that future building safety accidents would be prevented. These campaigns contributed to several initiatives including the Rana Plaza Arrangement (set up to provide compensation) and the Bangladesh Fire and Building safety Accord (set up to improve building safety). They also resulted in promises to improve the legal climate regarding Freedom of Association.

Comments to the National Ocean Council Committee on IUU Fishing and Seafood Fraud regarding the proposed rule on a seafood import monitoring program

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April 12, 2016

To the Members of the National Ocean Council Committee on IUU Fishing and Seafood Fraud (NOC Committee):

Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the proposed rule on establishing filing and recordkeeping procedures relating to importation of certain fish and fish products. As a coalition of non-profit organizations and advocacy groups dedicated to the eradication of all forms of modern-day slavery and worker exploitation, including human trafficking, in the seafood industry we have a strong interest in the establishment of more robust, effective traceability mechanisms.

Building a Rights Culture: How Workers can Lead Change in Thai Seafood

Publication Date: 

March 7, 2016
Egregious labor rights abuses, including forced labor and human trafficking, have been documented across Thailand’s seafood sector in dozens of reports over more than a decade. Recently, unprecedented international attention on Thailand’s seafood industry, particularly the plight of migrant workers who make up the majority of the workforce, has prompted a flurry of action from governments, exporters and Western brands that sell Thai seafood.