Slavery report sounds alarm over Vietnamese nail bar workers

Independent commissioner calls for licensing to prevent trafficked migrants having to work in slavery-like conditions

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The study analyses the experiences of more than a dozen individuals who experienced modern slavery in a nail bar. Photograph: Graham Turner for the Guardian

Britain’s nail bars have such a high risk of modern slavery that a licensing scheme should be introduced to prevent trafficked Vietnamese migrants being employed in slavery-like conditions, Britain’s independent anti-trafficking commissioner is proposing. Continue reading “Slavery report sounds alarm over Vietnamese nail bar workers”

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Britain concerned over challenges to Hong Kong’s ‘one country, two systems’ deal

Bi-annual report on former colony saying confidence in its systems is under threat comes after repeated interventions from Beijing

Pro-democracy supporters
Beijing has told Britain that Hong Kong is an internal matter that no country has a right to interfere in. Photograph: Anthony Wallace/AFP/Getty Images

Developments in Hong Kong have affected confidence in the city’s autonomy, though its rule of law remained robust “despite challenges”, the British government has said.

Britain handed the former colony back to China in 1997 with guarantees it would retain extensive autonomy, an independent legal system and broad personal and commercial freedoms under a deal known as “one country, two systems”.

The international financial hub has seen tumultuous times over the past couple of years, with pro-democracy protests quelled in what many residents see as creeping interference by Beijing and the rise of a small but vocal movement pushing for independence.

Britain monitors developments in Hong Kong, as the agreement it struck with China for the territory’s return stipulated the continuation of its capitalist way of life for 50 years. Continue reading “Britain concerned over challenges to Hong Kong’s ‘one country, two systems’ deal”