Child labor has been banned in most parts of the world for decades, but it is still rampant, says Human Rights Watch. The organization demands an end to the exploitation of children, that is rampant especially in agriculture and mining.
The International Labor Organization has urged a stepped up effort to eradicate child labor within eight years. Half of the world's 28 largest companies have been accused of using cobalt metal that was mined by children.
A human rights ombudsman, a media executive and two men in a bitter union dispute are just the latest victims of Mexico's rising murder rate. October was the worst month for murder in 20 years.
Whether in cars, laptops or smartphones, cobalt is in nearly all batteries. The biggest supplier is the Democratic Republic of Congo, where human rights are often violated in the mines.
As gold continues to fuel the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a UN report says Major General Gabriel Amisi Kumba with a history of serious human rights abuses is illegally running a gold mining operation.
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