I believe our generation can build a world without slavery.
A world where it is unthinkable for one human being to be treated like someone else’s property.
A world where those who coerce or deceive people into forced labor or steal other people's freedoms are brought to justice.
A world where everyone can walk free.
I commit to mobilise governments, businesses and communities to end modern slavery.
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From its classic Mario Brothers games to the new Wii U, Nintendo has long been making iconic video games played by people around the world. But while it's been a leader in the gaming world, Nintendo has failed miserably on the problem of ‘conflict minerals’ mined with slave labour and violence in the Congo in Africa.
Armed groups round up villagers at gunpoint and force adults and children to dig for minerals used in electronics, from your cell phone to your gaming console. While other big companies have taken steps to make their products free of these slave-mined conflict minerals, Nintendo has just been ranked dead last in the industry with a score of zero.
Right now, Nintendo is about to launch its new gaming device, the Wii U. But it refuses to acknowledge the connection between its products and conflict minerals.
Tell Nintendo: Slavery is not a game. Sign the petition urging Nintendo to audit its supply chain, a first step towards making its products free of slave-mined conflict minerals:
The crisis in the Congo is the world’s deadliest ongoing conflict. Millions have died and families have been destroyed by brutal violence from armed groups including the Lord’s Resistance Army (the subject of the KONY2012 video).
The conflict is fueled by ongoing battles for the profits from Congo’s rich natural resources, which include four minerals used in many electronics - tin, tungsten, tantalum, and gold. Men, women and children are exploited by the armed groups that control the mines, with many reports of slavery and horrific physical and sexual abuse.
Many electronics companies are taking steps to make products with ‘conflict-free’ minerals. Intel has committed to making a fully conflict-free product with minerals from Congo by next year; HP and Apple have promised they will only obtain minerals that have passed an audit check; and Microsoft is now checking that their suppliers don’t use conflict minerals.
But Nintendo was the only company to score a zero in the report. Nintendo has responded that it is “not directly involved” in where the raw materials for its products come from. But in today’s globally connected world, that’s no excuse for ignoring the evidence of slavery in the electronics supply chain. Nintendo cannot simply throw its hands up in the air and avoid any responsibility for its products. Ask Nintendo to take the first step toward conflict-free products by auditing its supply chain and making that information public:
Like its famous character Mario, it’s time Nintendo joined the side of the real world heroes and did its part in this fight against evil.
Tim, Debra, Fiona, Lauren, Martine, Ranya and the Walk Free Team
PS. Walk Free supporters are planning to make a special appearance at a Wii U event hosted by the President of Nintendo in New York City on Thursday to make sure Nintendo can’t avoid the issue of conflict minerals any longer. Sign the petition to make sure your voice is heard: www.walkfree.org/en/actions/Nintendo
“Once a door opens for a child domestic servant, all the doors of [their] life close at once" - Kailash Satyarthi, Global March Chairperson.
LIKE and SHARE in honour of World Day Against Child Labour and speak up for the 10.5 million child domestic workers throughout the world, vulnerable to modern slavery.
“Once a door opens for a child domestic servant, all the doors of [their] life close at once" - Kailash Satyarthi, Global March Chairperson. LIKE and SHARE in honour of World Day Against Child Labour and speak up for the 10.5 million child domestic workers throughout the world, vulnerable to modern slavery.
LIKE and SHARE in honour of World Day Against Child Labour and speak up for the 10.5 million child domestic workers throughout the world, vulnerable to modern slavery.
In some countries, children are trafficked for the purpose of begging, where many face violence and are at risk of further exploitation - http://1.usa.gov/19T78Vp
SHARE to spread the message that forced begging is a form of modern slavery.
SHARE if you believe that together we need to keep moving forward to our goal of a world without slavery.
READ more about the new initiative here - http://bit.ly/16FEQYg
SHARE if you believe in a world where everyone has the right to choose who they marry, and you stand strong against modern slavery. http://bbc.in/158OKA2
By spreading these stories, we can inspire others to become ambassadors for the generation that will end modern slavery. WATCH Ta Thuy Minh speak here - http://bit.ly/1erGIrQ
( Walk Free) - New research shows that nearly 30 million men, women and children are trapped in situations of modern slavery. We believe that even one victim is too many.
SHARE if you believe this is the generation in which we will create a world where it's unthinkable for one human being to enslave another. http://bit.ly/1gA5qwu
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But some businesses are trying to undermine new rules that could lead to progress. CLICK to find out more. http://atfp.co/19XhrqZ — with Kriti Khanduri and Closer To TheEdge.
SHARE this image to equip everyone you know with the signs of domestic slavery. http://bit.ly/1eesjQu — with Hope Barrameda and 4 others.
SHARE this image to encourage your friends and family to look out for situations of modern slavery in their neighbourhoods - and to take a stand against it. http://dmreg.co/1bJz5e5 — with Ana Mugiana.
Each year in Bangalore in India, young girls from poor families are forced to "marry" temple deities. They are then forced into sex slavery for the rest of their lives.
CLICK to read more about the Devadasi system - which despite being outlawed years ago, still continues today. http://bit.ly/1bZWGbV — with Melen Tesfu.
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"They sold Amsha for $12. Other girls and women went for more, much more. But Amsha had a small son and was pregnant with her second child." http://bit.ly/1t1knMT
TAKE ACTION - keep the pressure on to refer slavery in Iraq to the International Criminal Court: http://bit.ly/1ozBWm6
Do you think electronics companies have a responsibility to ensure their products are slavery free?
(And then CLICK to watch our video which explains the issues in more detail http://bit.ly/1wdjTSF)
Sorry if some of the graphic have disappearred on posts above, the links thank goddness are still there.
A new report from Amnesty International raises serious questions about Qatar's efforts to tackle #ModernSlavery. If you #LoveFootballHateSlaveryCLICK to take action now: http://bit.ly/W6Itsz
Vivien, thank you for the call to action to help prevent forced labour and exploitation at the next World Cup tournament. Have clicked and taken action on the petitions.
"The first step in eradicating slavery is to measure it. And with that critical information, we must all come together... to finally bring an end to the most severe form of exploitation." http://cnn.it/1vlA03R
(via CNN International)
For the first time in history, leaders of the world’s largest faiths have come together. Their goal is to end slavery.
Committed to the dignity and freedom that is the birthright of all humankind, Catholic, Anglican, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish, and Orthodox leaders will sign a joint declaration at the Vatican on the World Day for the Abolition of Slavery.
WATCH live from the Vatican tomorrow: http://bit.ly/11HceSU
With over 14 million people trapped in slavery, the highest number in the world, India is at the heart of the battle to âª#EndModernSlaveryâ¬: http://bit.ly/1plm4Fd
TAKE ACTION now - call on the Indian Parliament to immediately pass legislation that will help âª#EndChildSlaveryâ¬ in India: http://bit.ly/1e4OE36
Children of tea workers are often exploited and face terrible conditions of child labour, with no guarantee of ever seeing their families again: http://bit.ly/1zMu5mQ
Call on Tata Global Beverages to show leadership in preventing people being trafficked out of tea plantations in Assam: http://bit.ly/1vQcUQl
On International Anti-Corruption Day, call on your government to enforce international laws that will help end forced labour: http://bit.ly/SSkqex
5 hrs ·
Last week, history was made when world âª#FaithLeadersâ¬ united to help âª#EndSlaveryâ¬: http://huff.to/12rKiCV
CLICK to join them in signing the declaration to end slavery: http://www.globalfreedomnetwork.org/declaration/
(via The Huffington Post)
On Human Rights Day, Kailash Satyarthi was awarded the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize for his outstanding work defending children's rights: http://ab.co/1wfIGrV
THIS LETTER REALLY IS FOR ALL OF US WHO ARE FIGHTING
Walk Free Campaigns
To me Today at 11:54 AM
"I hope my case inspires you to know that you’ve made a difference. The work of anti-slavery activists such as yourself is vitally important. Thank you again for your efforts to ensure my safe release. Keep doing what you do in the fight for freedom.”
These are the words of Krishna Upadhyaya, an anti-slavery researcher who was detained in Qatar while interviewing migrant workers experiencing conditions of modern slavery. After 54,034 messages from the Walk Free community he was released without charge and returned home safely to his family.
As 2015 begins, we’ve been reflecting on what our community and our partners have achieved in the last 12 months.
You helped to win over a dozen anti-slavery campaigns last year. Together we’ve:
Fought for stronger anti-slavery laws, including securing a new ground-breaking international protocol on forced labour.1
Held businesses to account: we persuaded Walmart and Tesco, two of the biggest food retailers in the world, to play a role in ending modern slavery in the Thai fishing industry.2
Defended the rights of anti-slavery activists, by fighting for the release of Krishna Upadhyaya and Gundev Ghimire when they disappeared while investigating working conditions in Qatar.3
Thank you for your incredible support -- we never cease to be amazed and inspired by your dedication. We want to make 2015 even more successful as we fight to end modern slavery -- will you help us?
Click to donate your time and expertise to help end modern slavery.
We believe every member of the Walk Free community has something unique and valuable to contribute to the movement to end slavery once and for all. As the new year begins, please consider becoming a Walk Free Freedom Leader -- you can find out more here.
Thank you for everything you do,
The whole Walk Free team
P.S. Click here to see what else you achieved in 2014.
Recent reports show high rates of âª#HumanTraffickingâ¬ and exploitation of women in Manchester: http://bit.ly/15bWHMQ
CLICK here and join the fight to help âª#EndSlaveryâ¬ everywhere: http://bit.ly/1cd0ATb
Horrifying reports of the treatment of Yazidi women and child still trapped in slavery: http://ind.pn/1zr08fZ
TAKE ACTION - Call on Members of the UN Security Council to refer this situation in Iraq to the International Criminal Court: http://bit.ly/1ozBWm6
Congratulations if you called on Warner Bros. Entertainment to ensure their Harry Potter chocolates are free from âª#ChildSlaveryâ¬: Warner Bros. has committed to Utz or Fairtrade certification of all these products by the end of 2015.
CLICK to thank Warner Bros. for taking a stand against child slavery in the cocoa industry: http://on.fb.me/1DuHC69
(Washington Post Article: http://wapo.st/1DX0MjZ)
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From the moment you wake up and eat your breakfast, to brushing your teeth just before you go to bed, the chances are you have already consumed palm oil dozens of times.
Over the next few days we'll be sharing information about the slavery in palm oil, the secret ingredient in many of our best-loved products.
Stay tuned to learn more and CLICK to call on PepsiCo, one of the world’s largest snack food and beverage companies, to clean up its palm oil supply chain: walkfree.org/palmoil
(Statistic source: The Guardian http://bit.ly/1AJUepd)
Which countries have the highest rates of âª#ModernSlaveryâ¬ in the world? Find out here: http://bit.ly/1yQI23W
For more information on #ModernSlavery around the world, check out the Global Slavery Index: http://ow.ly/Cidq8
34 mins ·
An investigation by BBC Newsnight reveals the links between forced labour in Qatar and UK construction giant Carillion - WATCH the film here: http://bbc.in/1E5wu1p
Then TAKE ACTION - join the call for a slavery-free 2022 World Cup: http://bit.ly/1eLaMim
âª#PalmOilSlaveryâ¬ part 3: workers on palm oil plantations often experience dangerous working conditions, working long days in the heat.
We'll shortly be sending the names of over 130,000 Walk Free and STOP THE TRAFFIK supporters to Mumbai.
Why? Our friends at STOP THE TRAFFIK are aiming to meet with Tata to call on the company to take real action in the fight to end trafficking from Assam's tea gardens.
CLICK to add your name before we hit print now: walkfree.org/NotMyCupOfTea
CLICK to find out which companies are doing the most to ensure that slave-labour picked Uzbek cotton is not in your favourite products: http://bit.ly/1A9NRMm
Then join the fight to âª#EndCottonSlaveryâ¬: walkfree.org/EndCottonSlavery
(With Responsible Sourcing Network)
THANK YOU to all of you who helped make the UK Modern Slavery Act a reality!
On 25 March the Act became law and thanks to 146,119 of your campaign actions, it now includes crucial sections on child trafficking and supply chains.
Please SHARE this graphic to show how YOU made a difference.
Unscrupulous recruitment agencies in Nepal are charging workers exorbitant fees to find work overseas. As a result, thousands of farmers are now falling into debt bondage and losing their land: http://reut.rs/1HChbPF
“I’m certainly aware of successful prosecutions of human trafficking in Scotland and I’m well aware of the misery it causes. It will be shocking to the public to learn this. Scotland is not immune from human trafficking.” http://bit.ly/1NDoAN0
TAKE ACTION and join the global movement to help end modern slavery now: http://bit.ly/1cd0ATb
Yesterday at 4:29am ·
"The crew will alert us and, before the group disembarks, we will be waiting at the port with the police..."
CLICK to read what happens next when Walk Free partner Cecilia Flores-Oebanda suspects a group of vulnerable women are being trafficked into a life of slavery.
A shocking new report details how 'Eritrea effectively enslaves people by a system known as "national service", but which really involves arbitrary detention, torture, sexual torture, forced labour, absence of leave'.
CLICK to read more, and to learn what can be done to end this abhorrent practice.
Shared the above on facebook and twittersphere
Signed petitions and shared those on facebook and twittersphere
One in six Syrian refugees are trapped in extreme poverty in Jordanian camps: http://bbc.in/1EI5Bkk
This vulnerable situation is contributing to a higher risk of âª#ForcedChildMarriageâ¬ - CLICK to TAKE ACTION now: http://walkfr.ee/1AyHC5M
8 hrs ·
16 year-old Muzoon Almellehan is furious that her classmates have had to drop out of school to get married. She’s campaigning tirelessly to prevent forced child marriage in Syria: http://thebea.st/1F3SCo1
You can help. TAKE ACTION to help end âª#ForcedChildMarriageâ¬: http://www.walkfree.org/stand-against-forced-marriage/
2 hrs ·
“I will not marry off my other daughters before the age of 18... If I can provide for my daughter’s education she can get a job and she can live well.”
A combination of poverty and a lack of education led Ali to sell his daughter into a life of âª#ForcedChildMarriageâ¬. It's a decision he now deeply regrets. CLICK to read his story and how he is vowing his other daughters will not follow their elder sister's path.
via Human Rights Watch
Signed the petitions, and shared all the above on facebook and twittersphere
After being trafficked into the UK, Hein was forced to work on a cannabis farms in Scotland, where he was threatened, beaten and completely isolated from the outside world.
Hein is just one of 3,000 Vietnamese children who have been trafficked into the UK and forced into modern slavery. Hein now has asylum in Scotland, but many more remain trapped.
Read Hein’s full story here: http://bit.ly/1LbcQ4x
Shared on facebook and twittersphere
CLICK for a heartwarming and inspiring read - 'Forty years a slave: Women start new lives in Mauritania'.
Then SIGN your name to ensure Mauritania ends slavery once and for all: http://walkfr.ee/1His7jF
Parents don’t know what’s happened to their daughter. Husbands don’t know what’s happened to their wife. Children don’t know what’s happened to their mother.
A social worker from Insan Association: Defending Human Rights, recounts stories of migrant domestic workers in Lebanon who have not been able to communicate with their families for over a year - some may have fallen into the trap of âª#slaveryâ¬.
You can help. CLICK to take action to ensure domestic workers are better protected from #slavery: walkfree.org/c189
All of the above signed/shared on facebook and twittersphere
'Four years ago, Aryan Lama, then 17, was working as a driver in Kakarbhitta in Nepal. He intended to marry Roshni, the girl of his dreams.'
He went on to become a victim of âª#forcedlabourâ¬, and has never seen Roshni again. How did this happen? CLICK to find out.