Germany aims to use strict law to improve work conditions in Africa
19 May 2019 | 3:44 pm
Unfair wages, exploitation or child labor. When German companies do business with African countries, human rights sometimes fall by the wayside. Berlin wants to change that.
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Bolivia has the world's lowest minimum age for child labor. Children there can work legally for themselves or their families. Once they hit 12, they can work for others. It's estimated that there are around 850,000 child laborers.
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Few German companies are ensuring basic labor and human rights standards are respected in the supply chain. That's why two German ministers are now planning a law obliging companies to take responsibility.
27 Oct 2020
Zoila Muntané has around 2,000 Barbies and she is adding a new cadaverous version dedicated to the Day of the Dead, which some criticize for "monetizing" Mexico's greatest cultural tradition.
27 Nov 2020
Practically everyone loves chocolate. And yet, child labor remains a problem in cocoa farming. For years, the chocolate industry has promised to end the practice, but a new study shows it has actually increased.
15 Dec 2020
Authorities have vowed to crack down on workers who went on a violent rampage at a Taiwanese-run iPhone factory in southern India over allegations of unpaid wages and exploitation, with 100 people arrested so far. Hundreds of workers rioted at Wistron Infocomm Manufacturing's facility on the outskirts of Bangalore, India's IT hub, on Saturday, with videos of the purported violence showing glass panels smashed with rods and cars flipped on their side.
27 Dec 2020
The plight of China's Uighur population has moved two French teens to take action in two very different ways. One has made a rap video to show his support for this persecuted minority, while the other has taken part in a debate competition to speak up on their behalf.
12 Mar 2021
Rights activists and medical experts have urged the government to take concrete actions to prevent underage marriages. Activists say poverty is one of the biggest push factors behind child marriage in Pakistan.
14 Apr 2021
President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019 signed into law a bill to increase the monthly minimum wage from ₦18,000 to ₦30,000, following the strike by the Nigerian Labour Union in late 2018. A couple of years down the road, some states, ever dependent on Abuja for capital, are yet to effect this change while others that affected the increment have stopped due to a lack of funds.
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With one in every 10 children working, the world is on the brink of "losing ground in the fight against child labor," UNICEF and the International Labor Organization have warned.
20 Jun 2021
A recent UN report reveals child labor has been surging in recent years. The coronavirus pandemic may make the situation even worse for kids.
3 Oct 2021
WHO horrified over sexual exploitation by aid workers in DR Congo. The World Health Organization (WHO) says it is horrified at the findings of a report into alleged sexual abuse by aid workers tackling the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
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