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Last summer, thousands of children, many only 12 or 13 years old, worked in US tobacco fields and curing barns, often suffering acute nicotine poisoning from their contact with the plants. But next summer, the picture may be different, thanks to a rapid…
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The Convention on the Rights of the Child is an international treaty adopted by the United Nations on November 20, 1989, establishing global standards to ensure the protection, survival, and development of all children, without discrimination. Countries…
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Labor Day looms. If you’re lucky, you’ll be squeezing in one more day at the beach, grilling barbeque, or taking an afternoon nap. Despite being originally intended to support basic labor protections such as an eight-hour workday and to honor the working…
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Child tobacco workers in the United States have some new allies in Congress. Today, on World Day against Child Labor, 17 US Senators sent a letter to the world's largest tobacco companies, urging them to prohibit hazardous child labor in their supply…
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Zimbabwe’s disastrous sanitation situation has left it in grave danger of waterborne disease outbreaks – something its government publicly acknowledged in a press conference yesterday. In fact, the government officials who announced Zimbabwe’s new…
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Since 2000 the number of child laborers worldwide has dropped by one-third, from 248 million to 168 million, according to new statistics just released by the International Labor Organization (ILO). While the progress is encouraging, the number of children…
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For probably the first time, Bangladesh’s government has leveled pollution-related fines against two leather tanneries in Hazaribagh, a Dhaka neighborhood so polluted with waste from its roughly 150 tanneries that residents and workers are plagued by…
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Suzanne, an 11-year-old who lives in Mali, eagerly explained how she handles deadly mercury to mine gold to help support her family. “Once the ore is panned, you put a bit of mercury in. You rub the ore and the mercury with your two hands,” Suzanne told…
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Lead poisoning in Zamfara State, Nigeria, has taken the lives of over 400 children and left thousands more with permanent life-long disability. In May, President Goodluck Jonathan pledged $4 million to clean up the lead contamination. Today, that money…
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As told by Nadim Houry, director of Human Rights Watch's Beirut office It was 2008, and along Hamra Street, one of Beirut's main thoroughfares, women's rights demonstrators had placed a series of identical cutouts shaped like women's bodies. Painted red…
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Following a Human Rights Watch report documenting the tens of thousands of girls employed as domestic workers in Morocco, the government's secretary of state for family, solidarity, and social action stated publicly that Morocco was working on…
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Human Rights Watch helped to draft and collect signatures for a letter sent by members of the United States Congress requesting the immediate release of two prisoners, Yao Fuxin and Xiao Yunliang, from the Liaoyang area of Liaoning province in northeast…
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Burns, Beatings and 12-Hour Days for Bonded Children

(London, January 23, 2003) The Indian government is failing to protect the rights of hundreds of thousands of children who toil as virtual slaves in the country's silk industry, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released today. The 85-page report, "…
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WIDESPREAD LABOR ABUSE ON BANANA PLANTATIONS IN ECUADOR Ecuadorian children as young as eight work on banana plantations in hazardous conditions, while adult workers fear being fired if they try to exercise their right to organize, Human Rights Watch…
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The failure of the Enron Corporation, and its connections with U.S. government officials, has once again turned attention to the human rights abuses that plagued the Corporation's Dabhol power plant in India from 1992 to 1998. Human Rights Watch's 1999…
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On May 10, Senator Tom Harkin introduced new legislation into the US Senate to address abusive and exploitive child labor in the United States. The legislation would eliminate the current double-standard which allows children to work in large-scale…
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In response to Human Rights Watch's February report on child labor in Egypt's cotton industry, grant-making body US AID has added a new condition to Egyptian aid: cash transfers will be tied to the government publicizing its decision to rescind the 1965…