Youths Suffer Serious Harm From Weeks, Months in ‘Lock-Down’
Young people are held in solitary confinement in jails and prisons across the United States, often for weeks or months at a time. The isolation of solitary confinement causes anguish, provokes serious mental and physical health problems, and works against rehabilitation for teenagers.
Since 2010 ongoing, widespread, acute lead poisoning in Zamfara state has killed at least 500 children. Considered the worst outbreak of lead poisoning in modern history, more than 3,500 affected children require urgent, life-saving treatment. Less than half are receiving it. Among adults there are high rates of infertility and miscarriage.
Zamfara is a mineral-rich state, with significant deposits of gold. The acute lead poisoning in Zamfara is a result of artisanal gold mining: small scale mining done with rudimentary tools. Miners crush and grind ore to extract gold, and in the process release dust that is highly contaminated with lead. Children in affected areas are exposed to this dust when they are laboring in the processing site, when their relatives return home covered with the dust on their clothes and hands, and when the processing occurs in their home. Children are also exposed to this highly toxic lead in contaminated water and food sources.
This Human Rights Watch report documents brutal and long-lasting violence against women and girls by husbands, partners, and family members and the survivors’ struggle to seek protection. Turkey has strong protection laws, setting out requirements for shelters for abused women and protection orders. However, gaps in the law and implementation failures by police, prosecutors, judges, and other officials make the protection system unpredictable at best, and at times downright dangerous.
This is a report issued by Human Rights Watch on the fact that legislative protections for families in the US are weak or non-existent when it comes to paid maternity/paternity leave.
For a comparison of country policies on family leave, see the Appendix
This Wednesday, September 15th, select scenes from the upcoming feature-length documentary, The Harvest/La Cosecha, will be screened before Congress on Capitol Hill. This marks the anniversary of Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard’s introduction of the CARE Act legislation in September of 2009. The film shows what many in the United States find difficult to believe: that it [...]
Human Rights Watch report on migrant tobacco workers in Kazakhstan
This week at Media Voices we join the world community in observance of World Day Against Child Labor, June 12th. With three decades of service at The International Labour Organization, Armand Pereira is uniquely qualified to provide an overview of the road traveled and the challenges ahead, if we are to meaningfully help working children, [...]
In this 99-page report Human Rights Watch found that child farmworkers risked their safety, health, and education on commercial farms across the United States. For the report, Human Rights Watch interviewed 59 children under age 18 who had worked as farmworkers in 14 states in various regions of the United States.
Protection of Migrant Domestic Workers in Asia and the Middle East (Human Rights Watch Report)
Millions of women and girls around the world turn to domestic work in order to provide for themselves and their families. Instead of guaranteeing their ability to work with dignity and free of violence, governments have systematically denied them key labor protections extended to other workers. Domestic workers, often making extraordinary sacrifices to support their families, are among the most exploited and abused workers in the world.
Produced by Human Rights Watch
US child labor law doesn’t apply to agriculture, so the fruits and veggies you eat might have been picked by kids. Tell your Congressperson to end child labor at www.hrw.kintera.org/support-care
Farm footage by U. Roberto Romano
Music: “Tatjana” by Dim Dim, courtesy of Audio Dregs