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Human Trafficking in Scotland

Mei Ling McNamara 7th February 2013

Following on from her previous post on forced labour in Britain  Mei-Ling McNamara takes a closer look at the specific challenges facing Scotland.  Scotland is a unique case on the issue of trafficking in Britain. Its woefully low record of attaining prosecutions has been attributed by some to the legal hurdles in Scots law pertaining to […]

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Lifting As We Climb

Shreya Atrey 6th February 2013

Upon the formation of the National Association of Colored Women’s Club, the chosen motto read: Lifting As We Climb. This principle was guided by the aspiration that the movement of Afro-American women must also guarantee the upliftment of all sisters and indeed all dispossessed. To them, inclusiveness and diversity was of central significance in feminist […]

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Jurisdiction over police failures in Khayelitsha, South Africa: the inter-governmental dispute

Guest Contributor 5th February 2013

In this post, Sanja Bornman, an Attorney at the Women’s Legal Centre in Cape Town, provides an overview of the current legal dispute surrounding the independent commission of inquiry set up to investigate police failures in the South African township of Khayelitsha. On 29 November 2011 a group of civil society organisations, represented by the Women’s […]

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Disappointing Departures from the Verma Committee Report

Chintan Chandrachud 3rd February 2013

  The Union Cabinet of the Government of India has cleared an ordinance making changes to India’s rape laws. This comes a few days after the Justice Verma Committee submitted its report (discussed here and here) recommending comprehensive changes to the criminal law in the light of the horrific gangrape in New Delhi in December. […]

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The Hidden Face of Forced Labour in Britain

Mei Ling McNamara 1st February 2013

As previous posts on the OxHRH Blog have highlighted, trafficking for forced labour remains a hot-button issue in the UK.  A new report by the Office of International Migration (IOM), released in January 2013, looked at trends in trafficking from over 150 missions since 2010. The report revealed that labour exploitation is now surpassing sexual slavery […]

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