COCOA CHILDREN & NESTLE
The Court has declared inadmissible the application lodged in the case of Jelševar and Others v. Slovenia, which concerned the alleged infringement of the applicants’ private life on account of the publication of a novel depicting the life of a fictional character whose story had been inspired by their late mother. In its decision the Court reaffirmed the importance of artistic freedom in the context of fictional literary work.
European Court of Human Rights Building of the European Court of Human Rights The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR; French: Cour européenne des droits de l’homme) is a supra-national or international court established by the European Convention on Human Rights. It hears applications alleging that a contracting state has breached one or more of the human rights provisions concerning civil and political rights set out in the Convention and its protocols. An application can be lodged by an individual, a group of individuals or one or more of the other contracting states, and, besides judgments, the Court can also issue advisory opinions.
Nestlé’s Cocoa Plan in action, Côte d'Ivoire
Originally published in Forbes Magazine Companies, People, Ideas Deborah Orr 04.24.06 Anticorporate protesters went after Nestlé for its infant formula. Now they're at it again--this time accusing the company of using cocoa harvested by forced labor. With their bright pink wigs, colorful placards and painted smiles, the crowd in front of San Francisco's Metreon movie theater last July looked like extreme fans come to celebrate the opening of the latest Willie Wonka film. But these merrymakers had a downbeat message for Nestlé, maker of Wonka chocolate candy. Nestle's Slave Labor
Nestlé Nestlé S.A. (French pronunciation: [nɛsle]; English /ˈnɛsleɪ/, /ˈnɛsli/) is a Swiss multinational food and beverage company headquartered in Vevey, Switzerland. It is the largest food company in the world measured by revenues.
IHS Child Slave Labor News :: The Sour Side of Chocolate by Brendan Nally October 2006 Today, almost a decade into the 21st century, most people regard slavery as an issue of the past. When people today think about slavery they may recall history class; discussing topics completely irrelevant to their own lives. Many people are unaware that, unfortunately, slavery is still in existence today and it may be more tangent to their life then they may expect. The major companies who dominate the chocolate industry such as Hershey, M&M/Mars, and Nestle all purchase their cocoa from the Ivory Coast in Africa.
Reports about the widespread use of child labor on cocoa farms in West Africa surfaced internationally in 2001. An estimated 70% of the world’s cocoa comes from West Africa and 40% comes specifically from Cote d’Ivoire. Children working on cocoa farms, some of whom were victims of trafficking, often work long hours in the heat coming in to close contact with pesticides and often using machetes.(1) Cocoa in West Africa is largely cultivated on small, family farms, but because farmers do not receive fair compensation for their beans, they are often forced to cut labor costs and use the labor of children. Nestlé is among the international chocolate companies that source cocoa from Cote d’Ivoire and other West African nations. ILRF Update March 2009: Nestlé and Child Labor in the Cocoa Industry - Independent experts analyze Nestle's actions and words
This Easter, Britons will eat their way through 80m chocolate eggs without the slightest taste of how the essential ingredient in our favourite treat is harvested. The truth, as BBC Panorama reporter Paul Kenyon discovered when he posed as a cocoa dealer in West Africa, leaves a bitter taste. In an investigation into the supply chain that delivers much of the chocolate sold in the UK - more than half a million tonnes a year - the BBC found evidence of human trafficking and child slave labour. Panorama - Tracing the bitter truth of chocolate and child labour