News & Updates
"For over twenty years, and with the support of the United States, the Colombian government has sprayed a powerful herbicide called Roundup on illegal coca crops. But this chemical, produced by Monsanto, is reported to be a danger to both people’s health and the environment." - France24
Reporters investigated the effects of this spraying in this short documentary video: http://www.france24.com/en/20150508-reporters-colombia-drug-trafficking-....
Following the Ninth Circuit's decision in Doe v. Nestle, International Rights Advocates is now making plans to get back to Cote D’Ivoire to continue our investigation and meet with additional children who have been forced to harvest cocoa for the many multinational companies who continue to profit from child slavery.
International Rights Advocates won a victory this week when the U.S. Supreme Court allowed claims against Nestle, Archer Daniels Midland and Cargill to go forward. The plaintiffs are former victims of child slavery, who worked on cocoa farms in Mali. IRAdvocates Executive Director Terrence Collingsworth welcomes the development. "On behalf of current and former child slaves in the cocoa sector in West Africa, the plaintiffs hope their case will help to end this inhumane practice,” he said.
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