See below for the most recent references to Arisa (formerly India Committee of the Netherlands), or go to the archive.
August 12, 2021
‘Bhag-kheti in BT cottonseed farms of Gujarat comparable to bonded labour’
India Express wrote an article about Arisa’s report Seeds of Oppression, about slavery-like conditions in cottonseed production in India, where workers are subjected to what is known as ‘sharecropping’, whereby they build up debts with the landowners leaving nothing in terms of income. The cotton they produce is used for clothing that is sold in Europe, among other places.
August 1, 2021
‘Bonded labour a thing of past? Gujarat rural workers are now more aware: Ex-official’
June 16, 2020
Report: Over 50% of child labourers in cottonseed farms in India are Dalits or Adivasis
A new report published by the human rights NGO Arisa has found that children under 14 years account for over 18% of the workforce in the cottonseed farms surveyed, with over 50% of the child labourers in the sector being Dalits or Adivasi. The majority of the child labourers were not attending school.
January 31, 2020
How industry bodies are using the NCPCR and UNICEF to whitewash accusations of child labour
At the twentieth edition of Stone+Tec, an international trade fair for the natural-stone industry, held at the German city of Nürnberg in June 2018, attendees received a curious invitation. A release bearing the logos of the Indian government and the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights invited them to a press conference to highlight the “Non Prevalence of Child Labour in the Indian Granite Industry in India (Mines and Processing Units).”
(Sustainable Agriculture Network)
Value for Whom? The Soccer Ball Industry in China and Pakistan (Critical Asian Studies)