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EXCLUSIVE-Thailand found failing to log fishermen's complaints of abuse and slavery

5:31am IST

BANGKOK, May 28 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Complaints of labour abuses and slavery on Thai fishing boats are routinely going unreported by the authorities, an analysis by the Thomson Reuters Foundation revealed, raising fears that hundreds of fishermen have been denied justice and compensation.

FEATURE-Italian centres for abused women lose state funding as lockdown fuels demand

5:30am IST

ROME, May 28 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When Italy announced its coronavirus lockdown in early March Anna Levrero, who runs a shelter for abused women in the worst-hit region of Lombardy, knew it would bring a spike in calls. But she was already grappling with another challenge.

Mexico walks back campaign against domestic violence after backlash

1:36am IST

MEXICO CITY, May 27 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A top Mexican official on Wednesday said a new campaign against domestic violence would be revised after the video ads sparked strong public opposition from critics who claimed it misrepresented the growing problem.

Plight of Lebanon's migrant maids spurs coronavirus repatriation push

12:39am IST

AMMAN, May 27 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Foreign governments are scrambling to organise repatriation flights for thousands of migrant domestic workers stranded in Lebanon due to the coronavirus lockdown following an outcry over their treatment and at least one suicide.

'Lockdown generation' looms as pandemic risks robbing young of future

27 May 2020

NEW YORK, May 27 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Economic fallout from COVID-19 is hitting young workers so hard they risk becoming a "lockdown generation" scarred for life, with women the worst hit, the United Nations said on Wednesday.

Brazil's anti-slavery rescuers resume raids after coronavirus halt

27 May 2020

RIO DE JANEIRO, May 27 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - B razilian anti-slavery rescuers have carried out their first raid after a two-month freeze due to the coronavirus outbreak, saying coffee farms will be their main priority when harvesting kicks off next month.

LGBT+ visibility builds acceptance, research finds

27 May 2020

NEW YORK, May 27 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Americans are more likely to accept LGBT+ people if they see them portrayed in film, television and advertisements, said a survey released on Wednesday, findings that supporters say illustrate the benefits of visibility to the LGBT+ community.

Western fashion brands that 'exploit' Bangladesh suppliers face blacklisting

27 May 2020

DHAKA, May 27 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Bangladeshi manufacturers said on Wednesday that they would blacklist Western fashion brands that "exploit" them by failing to pay their bills due to the new coronavirus crisis, days after threatening to sue a major British retailer over its debts.

Malaysian wins landmark right to challenge Muslim gay sex ban

27 May 2020

KUALA LUMPUR, May 27 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - M alaysia's top court has given the go-ahead for a man to challenge an Islamic ban on sex "against the order of nature", his lawyer said on Wednesday, in a test case for gay rights in the mostly Muslim country.

'I was determined', says girl who cycled injured dad across India

27 May 2020

LUCKNOW, India, May 27 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A 15-year-old girl who won praise for carrying her injured father hundreds of miles across India by bike said on Wednesday she never thought of giving up after promising her mother she would get him home safely.

World News

U.S. coronavirus deaths top 100,000 as country reopens

The novel coronavirus has killed more than 100,000 people in the United States, according to a Reuters tally on Wednesday, even as the slowdown in deaths encouraged businesses to reopen and Americans to emerge from more than two months of lockdowns.