June 11, 2014
by Addison Morris
A Chinese court on Tuesday denied bail to prominent human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang, who is likely to be indicted in the country's attempt to deter growing legal activism. The lawyer was detained last month for "causing a disturbance" after he attended a weekend meeting that urged an investigation ...[read more]
May 21, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
The International Labor Organization (ILO) issued a report on Tuesday claiming that forced labor in the private economy generates $150 billion of profits worldwide every year. The figure is based on data published by ILO in 2012, estimating that 21 million people, more than half of them women and ...[read more]
May 7, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
Chinese authorites on Tuesday detained prominent human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang on a charge of "causing a disturbance" after he attended a weekend meeting that urged an investigation into the 1989 crackdown of pro-democracy protests in Tiananmen Square. Pu Zhigiang is a leading free-speech lawyer ...[read more]
April 23, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
Migrant workers in Qatar face human rights abuse including forced labor, excessively long working hours, verbal harassment, and physical and sexual violence, according to an Amnesty International (AI) report released Wednesday. The report, entitled "Qatar: 'My sleep is my break': Exploitation of ...[read more]
February 27, 2014
by Peter Snyder
Beijing's No. 1 Intermediate People's Court on Thursday accepted a lawsuit filed by 37 plaintiffs seeking compensation from two Japanese companies, Mitsubishi Materials and Nippon Coke and Engineering, for forced labor during World War II. The suit alleges that the plaintiffs and their relatives ...[read more]
February 7, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Thursday that the Bangladesh government needs to prevent garment factory owners from intimidating workers for organizing trade unions and to prosecute any parties responsible for attacks on labor leaders. Workers interviewed by HRW claimed that some managers ...[read more]
January 6, 2014
by Benjamin Minegar
Cambodian police on Monday released five activists arrested earlier in the day for petitioning the French Embassy to release 23 demonstrators held for opposing the government's labor and political framework. The release was reportedly conditioned upon the demonstrators' collective agreement that ...[read more]
June 28, 2013
by Kyle Webster
On June 28, 2007, the Japanese Sapporo High Court dismissed a lawsuit from a group of Chinese plaintiffs claiming they were forced into slave labor in mines and factories during World War II. The judge found that the plaintiffs were illegally detained and transported to Japan for labor, but ...[read more]
April 1, 2013
by Michael Kalis
JURIST Guest Columnist Susan H. Bitensky of the Michigan State University College of Law says that the International Labor Organization's recent report addressing gaps in the current legal regime erected against forced labor is commendable but unsatisfying, arguing that it only superficially ...[read more]
February 11, 2013
by Alison Sacriponte
The UN International Labor Organization (ILO) on Friday released a report urging greater efforts to end forced labor. The ILO estimates that 21 million people are subject to forced labor, which often includes human trafficking for labor exploitation. The report stressed the need for more stringent ...[read more]

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