Exploring the coordinated activism behind the Modern Slavery Act

By Vicky Brotherton

Civil society organisations campaigned intensely to shape the UK’s modern slavery bill as it went through parliament. The Anti-Trafficking Monitoring Group’s coordinator explains all that went on behind the scenes.

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Vicky Brotherton is the Coordinator of the Anti-Trafficking Monitoring Group, a UK-wide NGO coalition established in 2009 to monitor the UK’s response to human trafficking. She previously worked for Anti-Slavery International’s ‘RACE in Europe’ project, focusing on human trafficking for forced criminal exploitation, and has experience in victim support and campaigning in anti-trafficking organisations in the UK and Northern Thailand. She holds a MA in Human Rights from the University of London.

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I asked Vicky how organisations like the Anti-Trafficking Monitoring Group (where Vicky was at before the ASI) had adapted their focus with the introduction of the new term ‘modern slavery’ by the government in the Modern Slavery Act, 2015 and what this meant for their fight against slavery and trafficking. Brotherton reflects on strategic choices that NGOs made when the MSA was proposed.

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Brotherton here speaks to the crucial role that NGOs played in the lead-up to the passage of the MSA by both drafting an alternative bill – a ‘gold standard’ – to which they though the government should aspire but also by shaping more discrete aspects of the MSA such as the section on offences and the working of the national referral mechanism.

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Brotherton speaks of the combined efforts of civil society groups and lawyers in prioritising key areas for intervention in the MSA Bill. She unpacks techniques of advocacy, thereby demystifying the law-making process.

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Brotherton reflects on the power of ‘spin’ – namely the use of rhetoric to forward a progressive position when …read more

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Flood Damage in North Korea Prompts International Calls for Assistance

By Zoom in Korea The new United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), Tomás Ojea Quintana, called this week for increased support for the victims of Typhoon Lionrock, which devastated the northeastern part… …read more

From:: Global Research

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Empresas responsables, sí. Pero sólo en casa

By Perla Puterman

Definitivamente las organizaciones no han entiendo que es responsabilidad social, y si lo han entendido, de repente lo aplican a conveniencia en su país de origen pero no en los países en desarrollo en los cuales operan o con los cuales tienen relaciones comerciales.

Nuevamente tiene que ocurrir una desgracia para que los titulares se llenen de malas y tristes noticias, Bangladesh ha sido nuevamente noticia de primera página y “Topic Trending” en twitter, esta vez en una fabrica empaquetadora a diferencia de las anteriores que habían sido en empresas textiles.

¿Por qué ocurren estos accidentes?…Muy sencilla la respuesta; porque pareciera que hay ciudadanos de primera y ciudadanos de segunda, es decir yo soy “socialmente responsable” en mi país pero en otros países me tomo ciertas libertades como hacerme la vista gorda y contratar o utilizar proveedores que infringen las más mínimas normas de seguridad en el trabajo.

Pareciera que los dueños o accionistas de estas grandes empresas, algunas de las cuales citan los medios de comunicación- que por cierto no menciono en este articulo por no tener seguridad de que esta información sea cierta- se olvidaron de los Principios Rectores sobre las empresas y los derechos humanos: puesta en práctica del marco para las actividades empresariales y los derechos humanos de las Naciones Unidas: “proteger, respetar y remediar”: Informe del Representante Especial del Secretario General sobre la cuestión de los derechos humanos y las empresas transnacionales y otras empresas comerciales, John Ruggie.

Algunos estarán leyendo y se preguntaran, ¿pero que tienen que ver los Derechos Humanos con la Responsabilidad Social?

Recordemos la ISO 26000, en la cual, los Derechos Humanos no solo son un principio de la Responsabilidad Social, sino una materia fundamental que a su vez cruza tangencialmente el resto de las materias.

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Mark Morey: Social Revolution

Mark Morey: Social Revolution

Largely out of the headlines, the ongoing protest on Standing Rock is shining a bright light on how the big-moneyed interests with political clout steamroll the disadvantaged in order to get what they need.

But in a rare David-vs-Goliath standoff, the Sioux tribespeople of Standing Rock Reservation are learning that they are not powerless. Their refusal to roll over and allow an oil pipleline to be built on their lands is growing into one of the largest resistance movements in recent years, drawing supporters from all over the country, and forcing the discussion of “Where do we draw the line?” in regards to our pursuit of depleting natural resources.

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Rail traffic, Philly Fed state index, NY Fed nowcast



Rail Week Ending 17 September 2016: Data Looks Better This Week

Week 37 of 2016 shows same week total rail traffic (from same week one year ago) contracted according to the Association of American Railroads (AAR) traffic data. However, the data was an improvement over last week.

Not looking so good:

This one’s coming down as well:

September 23, 2016: Highlights

The FRBNY Staff Nowcast stands at 2.3% and 1.2% for 2016:Q3 and 2016:Q4, respectively.

Negative news since the report was last published two weeks ago pushed the nowcast down 0.5 percentage point for both Q3 and Q4.

The largest negative contributions over the last two weeks came from manufacturing, retail sales, and housing and construction data.

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BHS to launch online a month after last store closed

By Angela Monaghan

Qatari Al Mana Group to unveil BHS.com on Thursday with 84 employees compared with previous 11,000

BHS is poised to make a comeback as an online retailer just one month after the brand closed its last remaining high-street store.

The business will be relaunched on Thursday, selling lighting and home furnishing products before adding clothing lines and kitchen and dining ranges over the coming weeks.

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From:: Personal finance and money news, analysis and comment – theguardian.com

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