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  • Al-Shabaab: links to background and analysis

    Posted 24/09/2013 by Cat Barker
     It has been widely reported that the Somali militant group al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for the attack on a Nairobi shopping mall on 21 September 2013 which cost at least 62 lives. This FlagPost provides information on the listing of al-Shabaab as a terrorist organisation in Australia and other countries, and links to publicly available information on the organisation.Terrorist listingsAl-Shabaab has been listed as a terrorist organisation by the Australian Government since 22 August 2... Read more...

    TAGS: Canada, European Union, New Zealand, Somalia, terrorist groups, United Kingdom, United Nations Security Council, united states

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  • New psychoactive substances: Key challenges and responses

    Posted 3/07/2013 by Cat Barker
    As outlined in an earlier FlagPost, the availability and use of new psychoactive substances (NPS) have increased globally over the past decade. This has created new public health and law enforcement challenges that existing frameworks have failed to address, prompting a search for workable alternatives.False sense of safety associated with use NPS are often marketed as ‘legal highs’ and professionally packaged, which can give the impression that they are safer to use than illicit drugs with simi... Read more...

    TAGS: Drugs, illicit drugs, Ireland, new psychoactive substances, New Zealand, synthetic drugs, UNODC

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  • Trafficking in Persons Report 2012

    Posted 3/07/2012 by Dianne Heriot
    On 19 June, the US Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton, released the 2012 Trafficking in Persons Report. The TIP Report is produced annually by the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons within the State Department, and is seen by the US Government as its ‘principal diplomatic tool to engage foreign governments on human trafficking’. Released on Juneteenth or Freedom Day, the 2012  Report has particular resonance for the US as 22 September 2012 is the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's p... Read more...

    TAGS: criminal law, forced labour, New Zealand, people trafficking, sea farers, servitude, sex slavery, slavery, Special Rapporteur, Trafficking in Persons Report, Trafficking Protocol

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  • New Zealand: Foreign Charter Vessels to be reflagged

    Posted 22/05/2012 by Dianne Heriot
    On 22 May 2012, the New Zealand Government announced that it would require reflagging of foreign owned fishing vessels working in New Zealand waters, to "address labour, safety and fisheries practice concerns."Commercial fishing in New Zealand is managed by a quota system, with all fishing quota owned by New Zealand companies. Foreign Charter Vessels (FCVs) are foreign owned and flagged fishing vessels leased by a New Zealand company to fish in New Zealand's Exclusive Economic Zone. As discussed... Read more...

    TAGS: forced labour, New Zealand, people trafficking, sea farers, slavery

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  • Report of the Ministerial Inquiry into labour exploitation on Foreign Charter Vessels in New Zealand

    Posted 15/03/2012 by Dianne Heriot
    The New Zealand Government has "resolved to take a stronger line on the operation of foreign charter vessels (FCVs) in New Zealand waters" in response to the Report of a Ministerial Inquiry.  As an earlier flagpost explained, the Inquiry had been convened in response to serious concerns about abuse and exploitation of crew of commercial fishing fleets operating in New Zealand's Exclusive Economic Zone. Commercial fishing in New Zealand is managed by a quota system, with all fishing quota owned b... Read more...

    TAGS: forced labour, New Zealand, people trafficking, sea farers

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  • Not in New Zealand? Labour exploitation on foreign flagged fishing vessels.

    Posted 16/09/2011 by Dianne Heriot
    A Ministerial Inquiry is underway in New Zealand into the use and operation of Foreign Charter Vessels in New Zealand's Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). The review has been convened jointly by the Minister for Fisheries and Aquaculture, the Hon Phil Heatley MP, and the Minister for Labour, the Hon Kate Wilkinson MP.  Its principal objective is to ensure that foreign owned and flagged vessels chartered by New Zealand companies:  Protect New Zealand’s international reputation and trade access Maxim... Read more...

    TAGS: forced labour, New Zealand, people trafficking, sea farers, Trafficking in Persons Report

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