Article 24 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights Essay

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Article 24 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (see appendix) states that all humans should have the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment. Violations of this such as bonded labour and slavery happen all over the world, even if we seldom see evidence of it. In this section, violations of this right will be explored in three countries in the Americas - Bolivia, Peru, and Brazil. There are approximately 5,000 to 6,000 forced labourers in the Brazil Nut industry. They are forced to work in dismal conditions, families having to build their own shelters without proper materials or tools. Women and children work, but receive little or no pay. This …show more content…
Article 24 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (see appendix) states that all humans should have the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment. Violations of this such as bonded labour and slavery happen all over the world, even if we seldom see evidence of it. In this section, violations of this right will be explored in three countries in the Americas - Bolivia, Peru, and Brazil. There are approximately 5,000 to 6,000 forced labourers in the Brazil Nut industry. They are forced to work in dismal conditions, families having to build their own shelters without proper materials or tools. Women and children work, but receive little or no pay. This violates article number 23 in the UDHR. No drinkable water is available, and workers live on rice bought from the shop and anything else they can find in the forest. Most sign a contract, which states that debts are legitimate, and must be paid off with labour, not money. There have been many cases of fraud with how the nuts are weighed. In one case, it was found that every load of twenty-six kilos was weighed at twenty-two kilos. As they are in debt bondage to their employer, workers are not permitted to leave a site during the season. By the end of the season, if workers have paid off their debts, they are permitted to leave with their wages. If debts are not paid by the end of the season, workers forced to stay on site to carry out manual
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