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Bring more traffickers to justice, UK anti-slavery chief urges

Sara Thornton anti slavery tsar

London, UKThomson Reuters Foundation Police and prosecutors in Britain are not bringing enough human traffickers to justice, the country’s anti-slavery commissioner said on Thursday amid concerns that the coronavirus pandemic is preventing many victims from being identified or seeking help. Modern slavery prosecutions have fallen during the last year despite a rise in police operations […]

Women’s rights seen taking a backseat under Japan’s new government

Japan women

Thomson Reuters Foundation Women’s rights campaigners in Japan have expressed disappointment about the appointment of only two women in the new government’s 21-member cabinet, saying they expect little progress to tackle wide gender disparities. Yoshihide Suga, who took office as Prime Minister on Wednesday following the resignation of Shinzo Abe, has made no reference to […]

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Singapore, Helsinki and Zurich top index of world’s smartest cities

Singapore Marina Bay skyline

London, UKThomson Reuters Foundation Singapore, Helsinki and Zurich are the world’s smartest cities, according to an index published on Thursday amid a growing debate on the future of urban design for a post-COVID era. From smart traffic cameras and car sharing apps to pollution monitoring and free wi-fi for all, cities around the world are […]

More children wed, risk trafficking in Rohingya camps in pandemic – UN

Women in Rohingya refugee camp Coxs Bazaar

Dhaka, BangladeshThomson Reuters Foundation Child marriage is on the rise in Bangladesh’s Rohingya refugee camps and the risk of human trafficking grows with every day the pandemic shuts youth services, according to a UN-led study that was released on Thursday. Bangladesh scaled back activities in the refugee camps in April and mainly focused on providing […]

Head of US Federal Election Commission calls separation of church and state a “fallacy” and 2020 election a “spiritual war”

James E Trainor III

Washington DC, USRNS The head of the Federal Election Commission chastised Catholic bishops during a pair of interviews this week, accusing church hierarchy of “hiding behind” their non-profit status and declaring that this year’s US election amounts to a “spiritual war” that threatens the country’s “Christian moral principles”. FEC Chairman James E “Trey” Trainor III […]