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Fabio Teixeira

FACTBOX-Why do employers fear Brazil's slavery 'dirty list'?

17 Jun 2019

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, June 17 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - B razil's "dirty list" of employers that have engaged in slave labor is considered one the country's best tools in its efforts to end slave labor. When last published, in April, it had about 186 names.

EXCLUSIVE-Major companies found using courts to avoid Brazil's slave labor 'dirty list'

17 Jun 2019

RIO DE JANEIRO, June 17 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Major businesses in Brazil are using court injunctions to avoid being named and shamed on the country's slave labor "dirty list" - a practice that prosecutors and judges said weakened a key tool designed to stop companies profiting from slavery.

Brazil's top court rules to make homophobia a crime

25 May 2019

RIO DE JANEIRO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A majority of judges in Brazil's top court has voted to criminalize homophobia in a move welcomed by campaigners concerned about a rollback in gay rights and the murder of hundreds of LGBT+ people every year.

Brazil's top court rules to make homophobia a crime

25 May 2019

RIO DE JANEIRO, May 24 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A majority of judges in Brazil's top court has voted to criminalise homophobia in a move welcomed by campaigners concerned about a rollback in gay rights and the murder of hundreds of LGBT+ people every year.

ESPECIAL: 'Estou com você' - mulheres trans ajudam vítimas de tráfico no Brasil

16 May 2019

SÃO PAULO, (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Quando Valéria Rodrigues acompanha a polícia brasileira em operações de resgate de mulheres transgênero vítimas de tráfico humano para prostituição, ela vai armada com guloseimas - chocolate, pão, pedaços de frutas.

'I am with you' - the trans women helping trafficking victims in Brazil

15 May 2019

SAO PAULO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When Valeria Rodrigues accompanies Brazilian police on dawn raids to rescue transgender women trafficked into prostitution, she goes armed with snacks - chocolate, bread, pieces of fruit.

Homophobic remarks by Brazil's president may harm tourism industry

27 Apr 2019

RIO DE JANEIRO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A comment from President Jair Bolsonaro that Brazil must not become a "gay tourism paradise" sparked concerns that LGBT+ people will avoid traveling to the country, fearing violence, campaigners and industry representatives said on Friday.

Labor inspectors in Brazil face dire lack of funds and personnel: officials

26 Apr 2019

RIO DE JANEIRO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A main government body responsible for the fight against slavery and labor infractions in Brazil is in a "calamitous" state, leading to a lower number of victims being rescued in recent years, top government officials told Congress on Thursday.

Volunteers or slaves? Brazil accused of illegal jail labor

11 Apr 2019

RIO DE JANEIRO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Cash-strapped Rio de Janeiro is using prisoners as "volunteer workers" to maintain jails in a move that human rights experts said was illegal and treated inmates like slaves.

Brazil music festival accused of using homeless as slaves

10 Apr 2019

RIO DE JANEIRO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Organizers of an international music festival in Sao Paulo were formally accused on Wednesday by a workers' union of using homeless people to build its stages and subjecting them to slavery-like conditions.

World News

Iran shoots down U.S. military drone in Gulf region

Iran on Thursday shot down a U.S. military drone that it said was flying over one of its southern provinces on the Gulf, increasing fears of military conflict as Washington seeks to isolate Tehran over its nuclear and regional activities.