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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Modern Slavery News Round-Up

Activist video targeting LRA's Kony goes viral
A 30-minute video called "KONY 2012" produced by activist group Invisible Children documenting the human rights abuses of Uganda's Joseph Kony has gone viral, racking up more than 50 million views in a week. The campaign to urge the arrest of the fugitive leader of the Lord's Resistance Army, a splinter group that is widely reviled for abducting children and forcing them to serve as soldiers, has attracted the interest of teenagers around the world and is getting attention on Facebook and Twitter.

LEBANON: Tussle over gender violence law
Proposed amendments to a draft law on gender violence in Lebanon have sparked demands from civil society organizations that parliament uphold an original draft criminalizing “honor crimes”, marital rape and other abuses. The original draft has been prepared since 2007 by a coalition of over 40 civil society organizations, and primarily aims to protect women from mental, physical and economic violence.

Man Behind Robot Camel Jockey's Turn Towards Child Education
Cases of child trafficking and abuse have dogged the sport of camel racing for years. As a result of this and the successful development of the robot jockey, the UAE banned the use of child labour in 2002. Suhail Al Zarooni, the 39-year-old Emirati behind the invention of the robot jockey, says "This is what I have always been against - child labour - and like I keep mentioning, the most important thing is education. I am sorry to say that a lot of countries misuse children...there were many stories of people taking kids from their families and of them falling from camels and getting badly injured or killed. This is wrong."

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