InTernational

2019

UK Supreme Court rules Zambians can sue miner Vedanta - 10 April 2019 (see judgment)

Court Dismisses Cocoa Supply Chain Labor Non-Disclosure Suit Against Nestlé - 12 March 2019

Government of Canada commits to measures towards ending child and forced labour in corporate supply chains - 12 February 2019

Nestle, Hershey escape class action lawsuit over cocoa sources using child labor - 31 January 2019

400 workers in UAE get their dues after court intervenes - 18 January 2019

2018

Will Nevsun Mining be Punished for Slavery Abroad? - 29 December 2018

Report highlights impunity of Australian companies linked to serious human rights violations overseas - 20 December 2018

Australia: The federal Modern Slavery Bill becomes Law - 3 December 2018

Class-action status granted in human trafficking case against nursing home staffing agency - 30 November 2018

N.Korean worker seeks Dutch shipbuilder's prosecution over labour abuses - 8 November 2018

Court of Appeals finds Nestle and Cargill can be liable under Alien Tort Statute for child slavery in Cote D'Ivoire - 23 October 2018

North Korea, Eritrea have world's highest rates of modern slavery: report - 19 July 2018 (see 2018 Global Slavery Index)

Indian women and girls most vulnerable in the world to human trafficking, says report - 26 June 2018

Modern Slavery law passed - 21 June 2018

Ninth Circuit Sides With Mars in Slave Labor Dispute - 4 June 2018 (see decision)

Supreme Court says corporations can’t be sued under centuries-old law for overseas human rights abuses - 24 April 2018 (see decision)

Australia aims to be global leader with strong anti-slavery law in 2018 - 17 April 2018

Court clears way for fishermen to claim against forfeited vessels - 2 March 2018

India approves 'historic' law to jail traffickers for life - 28 February 2018

Hagens Berman: Massachusetts Consumers Sue Nestle for Allegedly Using Child and Slave Labor to Make Chocolate - 12 February 2018

A new court program will help child sex trafficking victims find help and heal in Washington D.C. - 29 January 2018

Nevsun appeals to Canada Supreme Court in Eritreans' forced labor lawsuit - 27 January 2018

Cambodians to appeal US court's dismissal of Thai trafficking case - 11 January 2018

Samsung Targeted by French Lawsuit Amid Alleged Labor Abuse - 11 January 2018

Federal judge dismisses human trafficking lawsuit against US, Thai companies - 5 January 2018

Modern slavers who forced Vietnamese children to work in UK nail salons are jailed - 3 January 2018

Indonesian Fishermen Settle Labor-Trafficking Case - 3 January 2018 (see terms of settlement)

2017

From data to laws, five gains in global anti-slavery fight in 2017 - Thomson Reuters 28 December 2017

Taking UK's lead, Commonwealth lawmakers set sights on modern slavery - Thomson Reuters 14 December 2017

Australia needs new watchdog to tackle slavery, parliamentary inquiry says - The Guardian 7 December 2017 (see report "Hidden in Plain Sight")

ANALYSIS-Lawmakers push for US ban on slave-made goods to sharpen its bite - Thomson Reuters Foundation 30 November 2017

'New era': Canadian mining industry closely watching three civil cases alleging human rights abuses - National Post 29 November 2017

Family members linked to nearly half of child trafficking cases, new UN-backed data reveals - UN News Centre 28 November 2017

France: Analysis of penalties imposed on companies in new 'duty of vigilance' law -- Business & Human Rights Resource Centre 22 November 2017

U.N. Security Council approves tougher action on human trafficking - Thomson Reuters Foundation 21 November 2017

Appeal court confirms slave labour lawsuit against Canadian mining company can go to trial - Canadian Centre for International Justice 21 November 2017

Tighter standards of conduct for supply chains - Financial Times 16 November 2017

UN Aims to End Forced Labor in the Supply Chain - MH&L News 25 October 2017

40 Thai berry pickers to testify in human trafficking trial in Finnish court - yle 19 October 2017

Criticised for overlooking slavery risks, L'Oreal keeps eye on mica, executive says- Thomson Reuter 5 October 2017

Australia’s ‘Modern Slavery’ Proposal Falls Short - Human Rights Watch 5 September 2017

UN Financial Sector Collaboration Seeks to Disrupt Over $150 Billion Human Trafficking Business - UN University 11 July 2017 (see report)

US to declare China among worst human trafficking offenders – officials - The Guardian 26 June 2017

How investors can help beat forced labour and slavery - Eco-Business 27 May 2017                

Human trafficking is in plain sight. Are you supporting it without knowing? - Forbes 24 April 2017

Banks can help fight against trafficking and slavery, says report - Financial Express 16 March 2017 (see report)

Lawsuits filed against website known for illegal prostitution and human trafficking - Legal Reader 13 February 2017

Human Traffickers face cash crunch after Western Union probe - Asia Times 7 February 2017

US Court dismissed suit over 'forced-labour' Thai shrimp - Bangkok Post 26 January 2017

DARPA program helps to fight human trafficking - U.S. Department of Defense News 4 January 2017

From DNA to laws to data, five key tools to combat trafficking in 2017 - Japan Today 2 January 2017

 

 

 

 

Regional (emphasis on Hong Kong and Thailand)

2019

Thailand ramps up fight against forced labour with stricter law - 8 April 2019

Cambodia urged to boost funding for 'bride trafficking' pacts - 1 April 2019

Myanmar farm workers get B1.7m - 13 March 2019

Asia ride-hailing giant trains drivers to fight human trafficking - 11 March 2019

Open Letter: New Lawsuits Brought by Thammakaset Company Limited Against Human Rights Defenders - 14 February 2019

Thailand-Myanmar anti-human trafficking deal endorsed - 13 February 2019

Thai top court orders compensation for Myanmar workers in landmark case - 15 January 2019

2018

NHS rubber gloves made in Malaysian factories accused of forced labour - 9 December 2018

201 migrant workers receiving unpaid wage and severance pay amounting to 9,991,960 baht, after enter to the process of labor protection mechanism provided for in the Labor Protection Act 1998 - 7 December 2018

Thailand: Judicial harassment of Ms. Sutharee Wannasiri and Mr. Nan Win - 27 November 2018

Migrant fishermen treated like modern slaves, court hears - 22 November 2018

Two former military officers jailed 27 years for Rohingya trafficking - 18 October 2018

Mae Sot Provincial Court sentencing two defendants to 12 years in jail in a human trafficking case - 25 September 2018

Thailand's Forced labour bill 'lacks clarity' - 20 September 2018

115 migrant workers receiving 8 million baht as compensation after meditation by the Labor Court Region 6 - 13 September 2018

Myanmar migrant workers pleading Pattani Provincial Court to conduct emergency hearing on unlawful arrest and detention - 23 August 2018

Thai Chicken Farm Thammakaset Goes After Abused Migrant Workers Yet Again - 13 August 2018

Court of Appeal calls on Hong Kong government to do more to investigate forced labour - 3 August 2018

Thai court dismisses charges against Myanmar workers in landmark case - 11 July 2018

Japanese fishing company ordered to pay more than $179,000 for worker 'exploitation' - 10 July 2018

Thailand Appeals Court for Corruption and Misconduct Cases Dismisses Andy Hall’s Counter Prosecutions Against State Officials - 2 July 2018

Clampdown on slavery in new-look bill - 6 June 2018

Thailand cuts number of berry pickers to Finland - after last year's human trafficking scandal - 27 May 2018

Thailand ratifies Forced Labour Convention protocol - 26 May 2018

Hong Kong under no obligation to introduce specific criminal legislation against forced labour, David Pannick QC, defending government, tells High Court - 9 May 2018

Thai businesses must act to curb abuses at home and abroad - U.N. - 4 April 2018

Cambodian Farmers Sue Thai Sugar Group Mitr Phol Over Alleged Land Grab - 2 April 2018

Malaysia launched special court for human trafficking - 28 March 2018

Court orders British activist to pay compensation to Thai firm - 26 March 2018

Hong Kong’s new human trafficking action plan – a rhetorical manoeuvre or reason for hope? - 22 March 2018

The Labor Court Region 7 accepting to review case filed by descendant of migrant fishing worker who has lost his life from work-related injury - 19 March 2018

Supreme Court decision on human trafficking case in Rohingya between public prosecutor as plaintiff and Mr.Anas Hayeemasae, former member of Satun Provincial Administration Organization as defendant (supreme court case no.8419/2560) - HRDF Press Release 9 March 2018

Challenge to Hong Kong's Live-in Domestic Worker Rule Fails - 14 February 2018

Defamation trial for Myanmar workers over chicken farm abuse - 7 February 2018

Criminal defamation trial against 14 migrant workers who reported abuse begins in Thailand - 6 February 2018

6 trafficking convicts lose court appeal - 31 January 2018

Hong Kong set to jail 'dishonest' maid recruiters in slavery fight - 30 January 2018

Thailand: Forced Labor, Trafficking Persist in Fishing Fleets. Reforms fall short of addressing EU, US concerns - 23 January 2018 (see report)

DSI follows the money in Victoria's case to track down more suspects - 23 January 2018

Malaysia: Special court to deal with human-trafficking cases soon - 13 January 2018

DSI issues report card on human trafficking - 1 January 2018

2017

New wave of Cambodian domestic helpers 'know risks' that come with working in Hong Kong - SCMP 28 December 2017

Tortured helper Erwiana wins HK$809,430 civil claim against abusive Hong Kong employer - SCMP 21 December 2017

Thai court throws out case of trafficked men - The Phnom Penh Post 19 December 2017

How Hong Kong failed Madagascar’s domestic helpers - SCMP 17 December 2017

'Ying Kai' cleared of one human trafficking charge - Bangkok Post 1 December 2017

Poverty Wages, Toxic Conditions on Palm Oil Plantations Linked to PepsiCo, Nestlé - International Labor Rights Forum 27 November 2017 (see report)

High Court victory sets precedent for migrant workers' rights - The Online Citizen 21 November 2017

ASEAN leaders sign commitment protecting migrant workers - Rappler 14 November 2017

Domestic helpers in Hong Kong promised flexible arrangements after Philippine government crackdown - SCMP 13 November 2017

Thai footwear-maker to sign MoU with Myanmar workers - Myanmar Times 31 October 2017

ASEAN can benefit from lower barriers to labour migration: World Bank report - Straits Times 9 October 2017

Domestic worker challenges live-in rule in landmark case - Macau Daily Times 5 October 2017

Myanmar workers fight defamation charges in Thai chicken farm case - Thomson Reuters 4 October 2017

Rule requiring domestic workers to live with employers faces legal challenge - Hong Kong Free Press 3 October 2017

Supreme Court final ruling favours Bt1.7 million in rights compensation to Myanmar workers - The Nations 14 September 2017

NGOs and legal professionals demand anti-human trafficking legislation in Hong Kong - Hong Kong Free Press 2 August 2017

Petitioners urge legislation to outlaw human-trafficking in Hong Kong - South China Morning Post 30 July 2017

Thai general, provincial politicians found guilty in trafficking trial - Reuters 19 July 2017

Special Report No 9: EU support to fight human trafficking in South/South-East Asia - European Court of Auditors 20 June 2017

Legal weapons in the war on slavery and child abuse - Financial Times 2 June 2017

Slave husbands of Hong Kong: the men who marry into servitude - South China Morning Post 22 May 2017

Why Hong Kong’s plan for Cambodian maids may be hard work all round - South China Morning Post 29 April 2017

8 charged under Singapore's human trafficking laws since 2015 - Channel NewsAsia 16 April 2017

Thai human traffickers jailed - The Maritime Executive 21 March 2017

Rohingya trafficking verdict set - Bangkok Post 26 February 2017

Hong Kong human trafficking case leads to landmark court ruling - CNN 22 February 2017

PH ratifies convention vs human trafficking - The Manila Times 13 February 2017

North Korea: End rampant forced child labor - Human Rights Watch 13 February 2017

Thai efforts at tackling human trafficking getting better - The Nation 6 February 2017

How Hong Kong contributes to China's human rights law - South China Morning Post 23 January 2017

The courts and the UN have spoken, now Hong Kong must act to end human slavery - Hong Kong Free Press 18 January 2017

Hong Kong employment agencies risk losing their licence if they don’t follow new code of practice - South China Morning Post 13 January 2017