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Chinese staff of Nike, Adidas subcontractor slam conditions

 
In Dongguan, in southern China, the workers of the world’s largest producer of athletic shoes are seething. They accuse their employer, the Yue Yuen corporation, of making them sign contracts that fail to provide any kind of social protection. Read more...
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Ivorian immigrant in Tripoli: “We blacks are brutalized because of our skin colour”

 
Sub-Saharan African immigrants living in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, are greatly suffering from the fall of Muammar Gaddafi’s government and the arrival of anti-Gaddafi forces. One illegal immigrant from the Ivory Coast told FRANCE 24 that opposition fighters attack every black person they come across, because they think they are mercenaries working for the former regime. Read his account…
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Foreign cleaners banned from Beirut swimming pools

A candid camera video shot by a Lebanese anti-racism association shows that coloured people aren't authorised in several of the city's private pools. Read more and watch the video...

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Israel to deport migrant children: “A threat to the state’s Jewish character”

Thousands of demonstrators gathered on Tuesday night in Tel Aviv to protest the Israeli government's plans to deport some 1,200 children of illegal migrant labourers. One of our Observers was there. Read her account...

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Violence in Italy: “Unemployment to blame, not racism”

Clashes between local residents and migrant workers shook the small town of Rosarno, southern Italy last week, leaving 50 people injured, including 18 police officers. One of our Observers went to the town to find out what was behind the violence. Read more...

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Robin Hood returns… in Dubai

The poor of Dubai, which today fell further into economic crisis, have never experienced the luxuries the state is renowned for. But every year during the Islamic festival of sacrifice, Eid al-Adha, one man, who has christened himself "The Robin Hood of the United Arab Emirates", tries to share some of the country's wealth with them. Read more...

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Illegal immigrants working on Paris metro "reduced to slavery"

These labourers, working on station platforms in the Paris metro, are illegal immigrants. The conditions they work in, shown in the following videos, are simply deplorable. Read more and watch the video...

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Standing unemployed under the Liu Li bridge

Jia Ze Wei is one of 150 million Chinese "Mingong" -modern slaves or workers - who leave their village in search of work in Beijing, one of the richest regions in China. Jia Ze Wei comes to Beijing's Liu Li bridge area every morning in a bid to make some money to support his family back in the village.
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Working in a Chinese sweatshop for HP, Microsoft, Dell and IBM

A report issued by human rights activists reveals that young migrant workers are labouring under sweatshop conditions for IBM, Microsoft, HP and Dell in a factory in China. Twelve hours a day, seven days a week, the people who put your keyboard keys into place are paid 60 euro cents an hour to do it. And they're not even allowed to raise their heads or go to the toilet... Read more and see the photos...

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Migrant worker taped to train floor, dies

When a Chinese train passenger started panicking on board, staff taped him to the floor. Ten hours later, he died. Read more...

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