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Tackling Modern Slavery in Supply Chains.

 

Tackling Modern Slavery in Supply Chains.

Needing to learn more about supply chains and labour trafficking? 

A useful link is https://www.stronger2gether.org/

Stronger2gether is a multi-stakeholder initiative, which aims to reduce modern slavery by providing guidance, resources, training and a network to employers, labour providers, workers and their representatives. 

There are free downloadable resources on the website, including Tackling Modern Slavery in UK Businesses Toolkit; Tackling Modern Slavery in Global Supply Chains Toolkit, Tackling Modern Slavery in the Construction Sector Toolkit and Tackling Forced Labour in Business Toolkit International.

They also offer sector-specific training programmes, offering specialist, in-depth practical advice to businesses within those industries on proactive measures they can take to reduce modern slavery in their business and supply chains.

Report:  Trust Conference-Thomson Reuters Foundation, London.

 

Flagship annual event & a world-leading human rights forum November 13th and 14th 2019.

Day One:

Towards more Inclusive Economies: Creating a fairer economic system for those left behind.

Main points:

  • A new framework for policy-making constructed by the richest! 26 of the richest people own 50% of wealth in the world. 1% of the economy is within Ethiopia trying to feed millions.

Yet 71% of CEOs are being challenged to fix society as well as grow their business.  This is a new trend.  Not just focus on growing your own business but put the focus on fixing society with the wealth you have.  Re-focus the business mind. e.g., many big corporates in the USA, despite Trump leading USA out of the Paris agreement, decided to cut down carbon emissions on the same line as the Paris agreement. A new world is emerging.

  • Oprey has stated ‘The time is up’  The Legal Defense fund is challenging the corporates:  Nike is being forced and has acted to no longer drop or not pay pregnant or parenting athletes
  • Gender equality is fundamental to creating a fairer economy. Women shoulder 75% of unsupported economy in the world. 90% of world economy penalizes or blocks women’s equality of pay. 85% of women suffer sexual harassment at work. Gender equity central to economic reform.
  • What does it take to create an inclusive economy? We do not need to have profit as a purpose – the main purpose is to solve the problems of the people in the planet – need to trust the opinions of all – support the customers who are changing the planet for the better – we are looking for eco change – an economy for change – driven by a moral base.
  • Capitalism is broken. Capitalism has led the world into a loss of dignity and inequality. The challenge is to capitalize on a free enterprise and equal opportunity. Meritocracy needs to be challenged. Future generations have to be considered. Nourish entrepreneurship. Create new assets and new jobs. We need to balance corporate assets with balance sheets which include the social and caring capitol – no avoidance of tax, no redirected profit to off-shore holdings – possibility of raising the wealth tax. Some felt this would not work.  Better become much more radical about tax. Tax wealth and not work at every level of income. Flexibility in the labour market.
  • Reality of the Globe: 20 million displaced by global change, pools of lakes forming in the ice cover of Greenland 429,000 gallons of water being created per minute, where is it flowing? The melt is accelerating. Need accurate data analysis of what is happening to the globe. What is the effect on the Pacific Islands?  Some have disappeared and all island populations displaced already. Other islands’ women are planting mangrove swamps to take up the water before they are immersed. One foot of mud can come into a hut whenever there is a storm. Polar bears are moving towards the town looking for food. There are no seals left in these regions.  They do not survive, there is no food left for them. In Bolivia the water is receding from all of the lakes. Salinification is settling in. There are no fish and little water bringing about terrible malnourishment especially for the children and especially in The Niger.  HT is on the increase in all of these deprived areas of the globe.

Animals are also being displaced. There is a massive decline in penguins, sardines, cormorants – they lack the food they need.  Mexico city has trouble with clean water, the lakes are drying up, San Francisco has a decimated landscape. So much more to tell…………………

  • Change makers: 1. Almad Nowaz (Pakistan): Survived ISIS school massacre and is now working to empower communities, in danger, to continue to send their children to school.  The terrorists such as ISIS shall not win. 2. Nepal: Women rising to challenge brutal gangs who perform gang rape against women. Knowing Your Rights movement to develop law in India to bring equality to women. 3. Lisa Christine: Humanitarian Photographer: Celebrating Diversity in Unity. Incredibly moving photography of brick kilns and child labour, stone cracking, child fishing labour, slate and stone carrying, goldmines deep in the ground, soaking wet, heavy stones being carried to above the ground, restaurants brothels in Nepal. 4. ACT NOW: Aged 7 years a girl saw a bird dead and filled with plastic.  She planted her first tree at 12 year when her NGO was born Green hope Foundation. It is to empower children to become aware, be included as a global shaper in the eco planet change.  She saw a way to use the arts as a means to educate. The dream is to make the invisible visible. She works with thousands of children who have had no education.  The arts draw these children into the change.
  • Notice the SDG 8.7 to rid the world of HT by 2030. Confront the supply chain. Grow equitable and inclusive economies.
  • TUC Sharon Burrow. Business and Human Rights resonance centre. Need to enforce mandatory due diligence for all companies to ensure Human Rights for children. Empowerment of the workers in the workplace is vital.
  • Problem with HT and the tourist industry. Nearly 80% of the work in hotels is outsourced to agencies whom the Hotel world has little control of because of poor employment law.  Who is following the trail of enslavement along the track of supply? The risk areas are of course in labour trafficking and sexual exploitation.  The original source of the food supply often cannot even be traced. Where does it really come from?  Sheets and linen, where does the cotton come from?
  • A registry has been set up – 4 years ago. UK has it, USA have it – so what? Out of 16,000 companies, 10,000 have a compliance statement. 23% comply totally. 77% have never complied or have only complied with minimum compliance.  Sanctions need to be applied by governments but very few implement the law of compliance. Workshops with outsourced companies are slipping through the net with no compliance implemented at all. The Stop Slavery Tool Kit is a blue print against this practice.  Great need for awareness and training of employers.  There needs to be a hospitality protocol made and understood by all. There is a massive problem to get

legal impunity.  Legal systems are distorted and supersede the law towards the greedy. The lack of legal aid  lawyers in a country leads to abuse. It should not be that there is monetary remuneration for illegal activity – criminal activity – linked with corruption and eco non-compliance.

  • The governments do not need to be so afraid of business. The governments need to be taken to account for their lack of response to this crime (Phil Bloom)
  • Governments are colluding with the criminals
  • They are too intent on money-making
  • There needs to be a new social contract and appropriate sanctions which make the contract real
  • The world needs a new model of human rights and business and this should be part of law globally
  • This needs to be especially implemented by the tech companies.

Blake Howard

  • Global over-fishing with little inspection. Boats can arrive into a harbor with over 1000 caskets of black market squid and shark, hugely lucrative for the Chinese market. CPF are using data analysis and qualitative methodology to follow up the patterns and aware that they need to follow a much deeper investigation.
  • There needs to be a new social contract confirmed by the law regarding all of this black market economy. There is a feeling that the law has collapsed. Transnational agreements are the only way forward.
  • Human rights lawyers say that there is a constant pressure on states to keep wages lower, even paying minimum wage can be breeching fundamental human rights.
  • No regulation in the EU for imported garments

Day 2:

Civil Liberties Under Attack: Protecting Privacy and Freedom of Expression

  • Huge parts of the world are no longer safe for journalists.  We no longer have real news. 75% of news is fake news in the UK
  • Where is privacy any longer?  Body recognition is now being accessed even from the back and by our gait.  Everyday each person gives away 2.5 quintillion bytes or pieces of information which recognize us and our identity
  • How do we protect democracy in this digital era? When does propaganda turn into fake? Where are the ethics?
  • Twitter is to abolish all advertising  in November 2019
  • Data has become the world’s most valuable commodity
  • Speak to Kevin Bayles at Nottingham University, UK. Digital rights are the new frontier for human rights.
  • Media Freedom activist in N Korea was beaten, sprayed with water, isolated. His father paid the police to release him. He went to Beijing saw the internet and realized the national lie of N Korea. He spoke out at this conference after weeks of tears,
  • realizing that his total life was a lie and lived in fear.  He now wants to reveal this lie even though it might cost him his life.
  • Reuters journalists motto: Without fear or favour.
  • Their question is: Are we in a post-FACT society? According to Stephen Adler Editor –In-Chief Reuters: We are not. Facts are important. We have to search for the truth, the facts. We crave for the facts. How do you tell the truth when the Truth no longer matters? He said….  We therefore not only need to ‘do’ our work but ’show’ our work, be transparent and honest. Trump calls journalists the ‘Enemy of the State’.  Editor did call Trump a liar but only once, when Trump kept declaring that Obama had not been born in the USA. Reporting is a great risk.
  • Journalism is better than ever. Journalists are more connected, it is a digital age. However often a country is polarized by the information, false and true. The real world is not twitter – this is now considered to be the rough neighborhood of journalism. This can be argued but a valid opinion.
  • The whole of the world now needs training in media literacy – How do you understand PRIMARY, SECONDARY and TERTIARY TRUTH?  Only with training can people now pick up and learn to use better judgment of the sources which they read. We need to get to the facts and correct anything not true.  We need to be trustworthy and transparent and to work with a much better educated media, savvy public.
  • There is now a great desire for truth.  Whose responsibility is it to protect children and young people for untruths and misconceptions of the truth?  Is it schools? Or much higher up —- filters — to protect them
  • Education needs to train ‘’smart consumers’’.  They need to be trained in the difference between fact and fiction
  • Media freedom has been gradually deteriorating in the last three years.

Safety and Journalists

Panel of family member of journalists or journalists who had been assassinated or taken as hostages over the last 5 years.

  • Outside publicity is raising awareness of the horrific treatment of journalists speaking out for the truth in regions led by corrupt dictators or at war.
  • Together is the only way, never raise your voice alone, you will not be heard or you will be crushed.  Stay with others to raise the voice and call for public enquiries to expose the crimes committed.
  • A scarf can be wrapped around the wound to dull the pain while justice is being sought after each day.
  • Filipina hostage spoke of the same and the need for trust in the human rights lawyers, international lawyers. The demand is for accountability from the platform.
  • Top business wants to keep making money.  Journalists, who expose their greed and corruption, become the enemy.
  • Arrested in Iran another journalist spoke of years of not knowing how strong the united efforts were to free him. Trust and hope are the amour for survival in such an ordeal.
  • Leader of TV8 in Moldova. Her partner is imprisoned with a fake accusation. The TV8 is exposing the corruption of the country and have become an enemy of the state.  The director was filmed secretly and her private life with her partner exposed on social media.  The lowest forms of hate used to close down the channel.  No money left and no chance for survival.  The station has stayed open through donations from all over the world.  The truth was never stopped.
  • Journalists at risk need to build communities around them.
  • The world is looking closely today at truth and transparency. ‘’Democracy dies in Darkness’’

The New Forms of Human Rights.

  • Algorhythms assess all my information. – all the time – no privacy left. A dentist knows if I am a good credit risk. No interaction with a human face. This assessment for decision making is disempowering – we need to speak out for collective rights.
  • Public engagement needs to take place today re the force and power given to others as a result of algorhythms
  • Data protection is fundamental to human rights
  • We need to have collective rights as well as individual rights
  • Are we already in a cyber-warfare where policy- making is data driven.
  • What about the flat cheque –  free advertising on FB given to politicians who have a free reach. Why? Rewards are given for lies and fake adverts.

Need to study Spatial and Visual culture to see beyond the image. (Eyal Weizman)

This conference was also valuable for the contacts made, doors opened and the many conversations taking place throughout the two days, which have had an impact for life. The USA sent many Reuters journalists, data analysts and economists who were open to be challenged and to challenge.  We had many conversations on cyber-trafficking and the summary of these was that it is still foxing most of the experts and especially how to tackle crime taking place in the thousands of private chat rooms where smugglers and traffickers ply their trade.  There were school girls there who had been sponsored by their school to become more empowered for life. We chatted with Indians, Nepalese, Italians, Turks, Africans, people from nearly all over the world. I met a research agro-tourism analyst from Albania, we are having lunch together back here in Tirana tomorrow, Monday 18 Nov. 2019! You could not leave such a conference without feeling that your mind was needing the space to de-clutter and sift through so many new ideas and challenges to the known and unknown ideas which will frame the new consciousness for tomorrow.   Imelda Poole IBVM – RENATE

Instagram awareness-raising campaign: LIKE A SNOWFLAKE

 

Our work can often be compared to a snowflake: just as each snowflake is unique, every survivor’s story is different. Human trafficking is not about statistics; it’s about people. All the pain and hardship, the achievements and setbacks in the healing process reveal the inner beauty of surviving evil.

 

To build upon the awareness about Human Trafficking which was raised  by the EU Day Against Human Trafficking, 18 October 2019, you are invited to contribute to the Instagram campaign LIKE A SNOWFLAKE.
By sharing the stories of survivors, we can raise awareness about human trafficking and the work we do to help those we serve. We can help change the way people think and respond to exploitation. We want to show the many facets of trafficking and how no one person’s story is alike We want to show the beauty and strength that can come from surviving something so heinous. We also want to highlight that this is not a minor crime that affects few people, but that we are facing a widespread criminal enterprise and major violation of human rights, in Europe and globally.

To this end, we have created a dedicated Instagram page to present the stories behind THB.

To participate, take a photo of a victim/survivor or an impersonator from behind and in an emblematic place of your city (a tourist attraction, a famous site, a monument, etc.). Include a few lines to tell the story behind the image, or the message or thoughts that the person wants to share.

The person should not be recognizable (put a fictitious name) and should have their arms open and raised in the air, with open palms.

 

Mail Text example:

My name is Grace. When I arrived from Nigeria my Madam told me that if I asked for help, I would be deported, so I thought had no other choice but to become a prostitute. My mother begged me to do what they said. You don’t feel like a person when you are treated like a commodity.

From Barcelona, APIP-ACAM FONDATION contact : fundacionapipacam@fundacionapipacam.org

Email your picture and story to: sefoir@fundacioapipacam.org or silvia.lamonaca@payoke.be with the name of the city, of your organization and a contact person.

The name of the Instagram page will be communicated later on, once it starts getting populated.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

We look forward to your participation to make the “Like a Snowflake” campaign succeed.

Warm regards,

 

Natalia Massé                                                            Silvia Lamonaca

Fundació APIP-ACAM                                                  PAYOKE

sefoir@fundacioapipacam.org                                                  silvia.lamonaca@payoke.be

 

 

Natalia Massé

Fundació APIP-ACAM

Carrer Riereta 18, 08001 Barcelona

Tel.: 93.442.09.17 Fax: 93.442.23.23 I  sefoir@fundacioapipacam.org

Fundación de Solidaridad Amaranta works to sensitise people to the use of temperate language and terminology

 

 

As the migration flows continue to grow, despite the uncertainty of secure travel and the increased risks of human trafficking, there continues to be the voice of intolerance, judgement towards those who are simply trying to find a better life. Unfortunately, migrants are met with fear, prejudice and unjust treatment, instead of understanding, welcome and open arms. 

With this reality, RENATE members at Fundacion Amaranta share with us news about their day-seminar held in July, 2019, which focused on sensitive communication and in particular, the language and terminology we use when referring to ‘the other.’

The main goals of the day were as follows: 

  • To create a space to advance the empowerment and effective participation of people;
  • Endeavour to understand, both universally and individually, the difficulties we face in our work;
  • How to enhance inclusion and eliminate barriers through minimum training on the Sustainable Development Goals;
  • How to eliminate the negative incidence of prejudices and hate speech in achieving the SDGs.

The processes at the seminar included spaces for reflection, learning and leisure. All agreed that the  seminar comprehensively addressed the key topics such as the need for improvement in the field of comprehensive policies against poverty and the urgency of reporting and raising awareness within the population to overcome / curb / combat hate speech which in turn cause various prejudices and lies.

Continuing to raise awareness and understanding remains a work in progress, to be continued!

UK members of RENATE held their country group meeting in London on 14 September 2019.

 

UK members of RENATE held their country group meeting in London on 14 September 2019.

The notifications for the meeting – and subsequent reminders- coincided with the summer months when members were in transit for work and holidays etc., but enough responded to ensure a valuable meeting took place. 

Marie Power (SHFB) chaired the meeting which was hosted by the by the Holy Family Sisters at 36 Albert Square, Stockwell London SW8 1BZ, a short walk from Stockwell Tube station. 

The meeting began with lunch at 12.15pm, followed by a Gathering Prayer (led by Patricia Mulhall, csb) and discussion (led by Marie) of the AGENDA.

  1. Introduction of each participant and her role in Anti-traficking
  2. Marie and Patricia gave a brief update on RENATE, recent Board Meetings/Training, its strategic plan and into the future, particularly the Film event for 2020.
  3. This was followed by open questions such as:

How can members as a body make a difference to the mission of combating HT in the            UK?  

– How can the membership support each other?

– Can the membership support national networks against HT in collaboration with TRAC?

– what are the Training needs of members within UK?

– What is the greatest need for capacity building of membership in the UK?

Most of the time was spent discussing the RENATE Film Festival event planned of r18 October 2020 in London and how to make maximum use of the occasion to highlight the work of RENATE and anti-human trafficking. Names were mentioned as good PR persons for the event. Mary McHugh suggested getting in touch with University Media-Studies students. Others suggested celebrity names – which will be passed on to the Film Festival Group. 

Although the open questions were discussed, the overall thinking was that before another meeting is proposed  – for summer 2020 – it would be good to find out what members want from such a gathering and how this would benefit their present work. Training was suggested as a good option, particularly up-to-date information on present and future Legislation, the work of Police in anti-trafficking, role of the Independent anti-Slavery commissioner, statistics on prosecutions, roles of ‘safe house’ providers (Medaille Trust / Bakhita House)

 

The meeting concluded at 3pm.

 

Patricia Mulhall,csb, RENATE Board and Core Group member.

Steps taken to dismantle migrant smuggling and human trafficking criminal networks in North Africa.

 

Announced in early August when many of us were on Annual Leave, it may be helpful to share the information that the European Union and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa are launching a three-year project aimed at supporting Egypt, Libya, Morocco, and Tunisia in dismantling migrant smuggling and human trafficking criminal networks operating in North Africa, the duo announced in a press statement.

The EU has set a budget of €15m ($16.69m) for the project, which will be implemented by the UNODC Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa under the framework of the North Africa Window of the European Union Emergency Trust Fund for Africa.

According to the UNODC, trafficking in persons is the acquisition of people by improper means such as force, fraud or deception, intending to exploit them. Smuggling of migrants involves the procurement for financial or other material benefits of illegal entry of a person into a state of which that person is not a national or resident.

The project aims at supporting member states in dismantling organized criminal networks involved in migrant smuggling and human trafficking.

More at: https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/08/05/eu-unodc-launch-3-year-project-to-dismantle-migrant-smuggling-human-trafficking-networks/

News from Marie Hélène Halligon, RENATE delegate at the Council of Europe.

Since poverty is a critical push factor in the area of Human Trafficking and Exploitation, it is essential that more work is done to eradicate existing poverty and its prevention.

The commitments taken by member States with respect to the European Social Charter and other Council of Europe conventions must be perceived and implemented with even greater intensity and attention when it comes to tackle poverty and homelessness of children, emphasised Giuseppe Palmisano, President of the European Committee of Social Rights, at the ceremony marking the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, 17 October.

Marie Hélène attended the ceremony which was organised by the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe in the presence of Jean-Baptiste Mattéi, Permanent Representative of France to the Council of Europe and Anna Rurka, President of the Conference of INGOs, as well as members of the Secretariat of the Council of Europe.

In addition, school children from Strasbourg read messages sent by other children living in poverty or in extremely precarious conditions, some of them demanding European countries to take action. Because, as pointed out by Jan Malinowski, Head of the Department of the European Social Charter, poverty and homelessness are not a fatality and have to be addressed.

 

Each October, Europe takes time to pause, to turn our attention to those who are caught in worlds of Human Trafficking and those whose lives have been challenged, affected and fractured by exploitation for the purpose of generating a profit.

This year, MECPATHS (Mercy Efforts for Child Protection Against Trafficking With the Hospitality Sector), were extremely proud to partner with The Department of Justice and Equality to mark EU Anti Trafficking Day, October 18th, to raise awareness, to discuss and to collaborate and to bring the issue of Modern Day Slavery ‘to the courts.’

RENATE members at MECPATHS Ireland send their report on how they marked the occasion of the EU Day Against Human Trafficking, 18 October, 2019, available on the following link:

https://mecpaths.com/mecpaths-marks-eu-anti-trafficking-day/

Photos from the event are available at:

https://mecpaths.com/mecpaths-marks-eu-anti-trafficking-day-in-partnership-with-the-department-of-justice-equality/

Publication of the UK’s Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner’s Strategic Plan 2019 – 2021

 

Publication of the UK’s Independent Anti-Slavery
Commissioner’s Strategic Plan 2019 – 2021
(published today 18 October 2019).

Dame Sara Thornton was appointed as the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner by the Secretary of State following consultation with the Scottish Ministers and the Department of Justice in Northern Ireland. She took up post at the beginning of May 2019 and her appointment is for three years.

The Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner has today published her Strategic Plan for 2019 – 2021. The Strategic Plan has been laid before Parliament by the Secretary of State (Home Secretary) in accordance with the Modern Slavery Act (2015).

The Strategic Plan outlines the objectives and priorities for the period 2019 – 2021 and identifies matters on which the Commissioner proposes to report.

There are four priorities:

  • Improving victim care and support
  • Supporting law enforcement and prosecutions
  • Focusing on prevention
  • Getting value from research and innovation

Read the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner’s Strategic Plan 2019 – 2021