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HRC-led research released by BIICL finds international reputation and economic growth as the main determinants in Bahrain’s effort to tackle human trafficking 

London, September 2022 The findings published by the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) and funded by the United States Government identified and sequenced the determinants influencing the Bahrain Government’s anti-trafficking efforts. HRC also conducted a similar study with BIICL in Algeria.  The study found that the government of Bahrain has taken severalContinue reading “HRC-led research released by BIICL finds international reputation and economic growth as the main determinants in Bahrain’s effort to tackle human trafficking “

Summary of HRC webinar: Cyber Slavery in the scamming compounds of Cambodia

London 8 September Survivors of human trafficking in Cambodia, modern slavery activists, academics, journalists, and policymakers were amongst those who participated in the webinar “Tackling the Emerging “Slavery behind Scams” through policies “that was co-hosted by Humanity Research Consultancy (HRC) along with The Mekong Club and Cambridge Centre for Applied Research in Human Trafficking (CCARHT)Continue reading “Summary of HRC webinar: Cyber Slavery in the scamming compounds of Cambodia”

HRC-led research project report on the determinants of anti-trafficking efforts in Algeria released by the British Institute of International and Comparative Law

London, September 2022 The British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) published its findings on the determinants of anti-trafficking efforts in Algeria. Funded by the United States Government, the research was part of a wider project that seeks to improve the anti-trafficking efforts of various national governments. The project analysed the specific factors thatContinue reading “HRC-led research project report on the determinants of anti-trafficking efforts in Algeria released by the British Institute of International and Comparative Law”

Webinar co-host by Humanity Research Consultancy, The Mekong Club, and Cambridge Centre for Applied Research in Human Trafficking (CCARHT)

Topic: Tackling the Emerging “Slavery behind Scams” through Policies Date: 6th of Sep (Tuesday) Time: 09:00 EST / 14:00 UK / 21:00 HKDuration: 60 minutes Purpose: – To respond to the unprecedented, emerging type of modern slavery/human trafficking in Cambodia, Myanmar, and several countries where victims are being forced to conduct online scams. – To inspire actions from theContinue reading “Webinar co-host by Humanity Research Consultancy, The Mekong Club, and Cambridge Centre for Applied Research in Human Trafficking (CCARHT)”

HRC Impact Case: Harnessing the power of media to shape public rhetoric and inspire government’s actions to counter trafficking

In early July, HRC received the information of a 24-year-old Taiwanese girl being sold four times and forced to conduct online scamming in the ‘scamming camps’ in Sihanoukville, Cambodia. She refused to submit and was therefore physically abused severely before being rescued. “Tens of thousands of people are being held captive in those camps. I sawContinue reading “HRC Impact Case: Harnessing the power of media to shape public rhetoric and inspire government’s actions to counter trafficking”

HRC Starts New Consultancy Research with Oxfam on Local Advocacy and Negotiation on Protection

Humanity Research Consultancy (HRC) is starting a new project on Local Advocacy and Negotiation on Protection funded by European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) and in partnership with Oxfam. The study will focus on the protection advocacy and negotiation among community-based protection groups in five target countries experiencing armed conflict, violence, human rightsContinue reading “HRC Starts New Consultancy Research with Oxfam on Local Advocacy and Negotiation on Protection”

HRC Starts New Research Project with Plan International on Labour Supply Chain Mapping for the Philippines Commercial Fishing Vessels

Humanity Research Consultancy (HRC) is beginning to work on Plan International’s new project – Labour Supply Chain Mapping for the Philippines Commercial Fishing Vessels Operating in International Waters – launched under the SAFE Seas (The Safeguarding Against and Addressing Fishers’ Exploitation at Sea) project. This project supports the objective of the SAFE Seas project, whichContinue reading “HRC Starts New Research Project with Plan International on Labour Supply Chain Mapping for the Philippines Commercial Fishing Vessels”

HRC Starts New Research Project with Winrock International on Systemic Vulnerability to Human Trafficking

Humanity Research Consultancy (HRC) is starting a new project on researching the structural factors that shape vulnerabilities to trafficking in the following selected countries: Bangladesh, Malaysia, and Kyrgyzstan. The research is funded and in partnership with the Winrock International. This project seeks to build an understanding of how policies and system-level practices lead to theContinue reading “HRC Starts New Research Project with Winrock International on Systemic Vulnerability to Human Trafficking”

Teladan bagi Kapal Nelayan Lepas Pantai: “Menjamin kebahagiaan nelayan asing sangat bermanfaat bagi saya!”

Ditulis oleh Mina Chiang Sebelum diterjemahkan, artikel ini telah diterbitkan dalam bahasa Mandarin. “Saya telah bekerja di kapal nelayan sejak saya berumur 16 tahun, sehingga sekarang saya telah bekerja selama lebih dari 20 tahun.” Terdengar perkataan Pak Chen Wensheng di ujung telepon, seorang nelayan generasi ketiga dari Donggang. Armada kapal nelayan yang ia miliki beroperasiContinue reading “Teladan bagi Kapal Nelayan Lepas Pantai: “Menjamin kebahagiaan nelayan asing sangat bermanfaat bagi saya!””

The Exemplar in Taiwan’s Distant Water Fishing Industry: “It’s definitely worthwhile to ensure good working conditions for the foreign fishermen on my vessels!”

Written by Mina Chiang This article was originally published here in Mandarin. “I’ve been working on vessels since I was 16 years old, and it’s now been over 20 years!” At the other end of the phone was Mr. Chen Wensheng, the third-generation fisherman from Donggang (東港). His fleets in the three largest oceans ofContinue reading “The Exemplar in Taiwan’s Distant Water Fishing Industry: “It’s definitely worthwhile to ensure good working conditions for the foreign fishermen on my vessels!””

COVID Collective Project – hear from our research team from Cambodia

Written by Sa Im Meas In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the public health crisis it triggered, the Cambodian government introduced a number of protective measures to stop the spread of the virus. These measures aim at stopping the spread of the virus, but at the cost of minorities, as many members of theContinue reading “COVID Collective Project – hear from our research team from Cambodia”

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COVID Collective Project – Impacts of COVID-19 Policies on the Vulnerable Communities in Myanmar

Written by Su Yin Htun* The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated Myanmar’s socioeconomic vulnerabilities of the poor, the squatters, and children in terms of access to health care, financial stability, job insecurity, and social insecurity. The slow economic growth has the potential to reverse Myanmar’s recent progress in poverty reduction, and the decrease of household income furtherContinue reading “COVID Collective Project – Impacts of COVID-19 Policies on the Vulnerable Communities in Myanmar”

COVID Collective Project – Hear from our research team from Vietnam

Written by Thao Ngoc Do Since the outbreak in March 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected almost everyone, but not equally. According to a report released by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in November 2021, the migrant workers, who are often stranded by limited jobs opportunities and savings, are hit particularly hard by the pandemicContinue reading “COVID Collective Project – Hear from our research team from Vietnam”

New Report on the Fate of Female Survivors of Sex Trafficking in Argentina

Report published in December 2021 Taking forward our work to end modern slavery, globally, we are delighted to publish our new report titled, The Invisible – The Fate of Female Survivors of Sex Trafficking in Argentina.Report on the Lack of a Comprehensive and Restorative Policy for Women Trafficked for Sexual Exploitation. This report is aContinue reading “New Report on the Fate of Female Survivors of Sex Trafficking in Argentina”

HRC Launched Our First Online Workshop on Empowering Taiwanese Employers of Migrant Domestic Workers

「好雇主的線上工作坊」- 憫研顧問的第一場中文線上工作坊(繁體中文與下一場工作坊的報名方式詳見下方) On 16th November 2021, HRC has launched our first mandarin online workshop “Employing a Migrant Domestic Worker: How to Become a Lawful Employer in Taiwan”. There is a rising demand for long-term care (LTC) in Taiwan in recent years as its population continued to age. Without a sufficient local domestic nursing workforce andContinue reading “HRC Launched Our First Online Workshop on Empowering Taiwanese Employers of Migrant Domestic Workers”

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Determinants of Anti-Trafficking Efforts in Algeria – HRC’s Second Research Project with British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL)

HRC has begun our second research project with the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) – Determinants of Anti-Trafficking Efforts – for the Case Study on Algeria. The study is part of BIICL’s “Determinants of Anti-Trafficking Efforts” project funded by the United States Government and features 14 case studies. Information about HRC’s previousContinue reading “Determinants of Anti-Trafficking Efforts in Algeria – HRC’s Second Research Project with British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL)”

“Memiliki Koneksi Internet merupakan bagian dari Hak Asasi Manusia” – Sudah Waktunya untuk Memperbolehkan Pekerja di Laut untuk Terhubung

 “Ketika saya bekerja sebagai nelayan di suatu kapal, saya tidak mampu untuk menghubungi keluarga saya selama 10 bulan karena tidak ada sinyal maupun koneksi internet di atas kapal” Seorang teman Indonesia menyampaikan hal ini kepada saya semalam, “terdapat seperangkat telepon satelit di atas kapal, tetapi itu hanya bisa digunakan oleh nahkoda dan kepala kamar mesin.Continue reading ““Memiliki Koneksi Internet merupakan bagian dari Hak Asasi Manusia” – Sudah Waktunya untuk Memperbolehkan Pekerja di Laut untuk Terhubung”

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“Having Internet Connection is a Human Right” – It’s About Time to Allow Workers at Sea to be Connected

 “When I was working as a fisherman on a vessel, I had once been unable to contact my family for ten months because there was neither signal nor internet connection onboard.” An Indonesian friend of mine told me last night, “There is a set of satellite phones onboard, but that’s only for use of theContinue reading ““Having Internet Connection is a Human Right” – It’s About Time to Allow Workers at Sea to be Connected”

New Project – “The impacts of Covid-19 on trafficking and child labour in Myanmar, Cambodia, and Vietnam.”

Humanity Research Consultancy will be working along with the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) on the project titled, “The impacts of Covid-19 on trafficking and child labour in Myanmar, Cambodia, and Vietnam.” The research will look deeper into how the Covid-19 pandemic, in the current policy environment, has impacted marginalised groups – namely survivors of trafficking and childrenContinue reading “New Project – “The impacts of Covid-19 on trafficking and child labour in Myanmar, Cambodia, and Vietnam.””

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited (TSMC) Urges its Supply Chain Partners to Protect Rights of Migrant Workers under the Pandemic

The Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited (TSMC), one of the largest semiconductor firms worldwide, has announced the statement “Supply Chains Partners Should Ensure the Human Rights Protection During the Pandemic” on 26th July, which particularly centred on the rights of migrant workers being employed by its subsidiaries and partner firms. The management guidance on migrantContinue reading “Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited (TSMC) Urges its Supply Chain Partners to Protect Rights of Migrant Workers under the Pandemic”

Report on the Overview of the Migrant Domestic Workers in Taiwan

Report published in July 2021 Continuing our work to end modern slavery, globally, we are delighted to publish our new report titled, The Marginalised — An Overview of the Migrant Domestic Workers in Taiwan. This report is prepared by Humanity Research Consultancy and is written by Sharlene Chen. The report sets out the big pictureContinue reading “Report on the Overview of the Migrant Domestic Workers in Taiwan”

Backing Down from the Zero-Payment Policy – Indonesian Government Introducing New Finance Plan for Migrant Workers

To prevent Indonesian workers from being employed abroad be debt-bonded, in the past few months, the Indonesian government had held formal conversations with the destination countries’ governments that are recruiting Indonesian workers as blue-collar migrant workers, such as Hong Kong and Taiwan. Jakarta has introduced a zero-payment policy that requires foreign employers, instead of IndonesianContinue reading “Backing Down from the Zero-Payment Policy – Indonesian Government Introducing New Finance Plan for Migrant Workers”

HRC research project with British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL)on the determinants of anti-trafficking efforts – National Research Consultants for the case study on Bahrain

مشروع بحثي لاستشارات البحوث الانسانية (HRC) والمعهد البريطاني للقانون الدولي والقانون المقارن حول محددات جهود مكافحة الإتجار بالبشر استشاريين وباحثين وطنيين لدراسة حالة البحرين *Arabic translation below الترجمة العربية أدناه The British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) is implementing a research project on the determinants of anti-trafficking efforts. This project aims at answeringContinue reading “HRC research project with British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL)on the determinants of anti-trafficking efforts – National Research Consultants for the case study on Bahrain”

Report on China’s Role in Preventing Modern Slavery in Myanmar’s Jade Mines

Report published in May 2021 We are delighted to publish our report on China’s Role in Preventing Modern Slavery in Myanmar’s Jade Mines. This is the first of its kind report that analyses how and why Chinese corporates and markets involved in jade mining could assert their influence and apply pressure to conflict groups toContinue reading “Report on China’s Role in Preventing Modern Slavery in Myanmar’s Jade Mines”

Delta 8.7 Policy Guides: What Actually Works to End Modern Slavery in the Context of Markets?

Delta 8.7 is a global knowledge platform exploring what works to eradicate forced labour, modern slavery, human trafficking, and child labour, an aim set out in Target 8.7 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Between April 2020 and March 2021, Delta 8.7 convened global expert Working Groups to produce three Policy Guides to address “whatContinue reading “Delta 8.7 Policy Guides: What Actually Works to End Modern Slavery in the Context of Markets?”

My Three Reflections From The Recent Lawsuit Filed By Once Child Labourers Against Big Chocolate Brands

By Deeksha Sharma No chocolate is sweet if it is exacted from forced labour and exploitation. Recently, eight children have claimed that they were used as slave labour on cocoa plantations in Ivory Coast and have launched legal action against the most renowned and biggest chocolate companies in the world. These companies are– Nestlé, Cargill,Continue reading “My Three Reflections From The Recent Lawsuit Filed By Once Child Labourers Against Big Chocolate Brands”

Celebrating the Establishment of the Second Migrant Fishermen’s Union in Taiwan

After two years of preparation, Keelung Migrant Fishermen Union (KMFU), the second migrant fishermen’s union in Taiwan, was successfully established on 7th February 2021. Various stakeholders, attended the press conference to celebrate the grand establishment of this union. Including legislators, officers from the National Immigration Agency, and the representatives from NGOs such as the TaiwanContinue reading “Celebrating the Establishment of the Second Migrant Fishermen’s Union in Taiwan”

New Project – Labour Supply Chain Mapping for Plan International SAFE Seas project

HRC will start working with Plan International on the consultancy assignment of “Labour Supply Chain Mapping for Indonesia and Foreign Fishing Vessels”, as part of the SAFE Seas (The Safeguarding Against and Addressing Fishers’ Exploitation at Sea) Project.  The SAFE Seas Project focuses on improving enforcement to combat labor exploitation and decreasing the social constructsContinue reading “New Project – Labour Supply Chain Mapping for Plan International SAFE Seas project”

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