NEW: Cotton Crimes campaign against child slavery
| || || Cotton Crimes campaign to step up action against child slavery in 's cotton industry. |
Fresh evidence has emerged from this year's cotton harvest of children being forced from their classrooms into the fields to pick cotton for little or no pay.
As the third biggest global exporter of cotton, Uzbekistan 's state-run cotton industry is reliant on forcing hundreds of thousands of children to work in order to reap Government profits of over US$1 billion annually. However, the Government continues to deny the use of state-sponsored slavery. is launching the
Please sign the Cotton Crimes petition here calling upon the to remove trade preferences for Uzbekistan and stop child slavery.
Read the recent press coverage in the Guardian here and find out more about the campaign at www.antislavery.org/cottoncrimes.
Europe agrees new anti-trafficking law....urge the UK to sign up!
| || || The European Parliament has made a significant step forward in tackling across Europe by officially approving a new EU law (14 December) to create a more hostile environment for traffickers and to better protect victims. |
Unfortunately the new law does not apply to the UK as the Government has decided not to sign up, making the UK one of only two EU countries out of 27 which will not benefit from this improved action on trafficking.
The UK Government has said that it is not willing to reconsider its position on the new trafficking legislation until it has been formally approved at European level. Now that it has been agreed, the UK must act immediately and commit to opting in.
Nearly 15,000 of you have already joined our campaign calling on the UK Government to do so. Please keep the pressure on by Signing the Petition and Writing to your MP.
Read more about the new developments on BBC online or the European Parliament's website.
UN Special Rapporteur calls on UK to protect
| || || On the United Nations International Day for the Abolition of the Slavery, Anti-Slavery International invited the UN Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Slavery, Gulnara Shahinian, to the UK to speak at a Parliamentary meeting to raise awareness of modern slavery and domestic servitude. |
Parliamentarians, domestic workers and NGO representatives joined a packed meeting in the House of Lords to discuss the challenges the UN Special Rapporteur faces in her work.
Whilst in the UK , Ms Shahinian also met with Foreign Office Minister, Jeremy Browne, to discuss the Government's support for her role and ending slavery worldwide. Read more about their meeting here.
Virtual Christmas gifts for children affected by slavery
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Anti-Slavery International's alternative Christmas gift shop provides the opportunity to give to a community of formerly enslaved women and children in a remote desert region of Niger .
The gifts available will go to five new schools and local women's community groups. These gifts can be purchased for friends and family as a Christmas gift and we will send you a gift card describing the project and your generous donation on their behalf. Click here for further information.
* Victory for Florida tomato pickers
* New chief offers hope to those still in slavery in Niger
* China police probe Xinjang 'slave labour' factory
* UK supermarkets sold leeks picked by 'slaves', court told
Where do your products come from?
| || || If you haven't already taken a look, check out our new interactive website about slavery and the products we buy at www.productsofslavery.org to help you, as consumers, understand the scale of slavery in the global markets and how you can take action to end slave labour. |
Thank you for your support in the fight against slavery.
Campaigns & Outreach Officer