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Human Rights Abuse Taints Chocolate Production Globally

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Human Rights Abuse Taints Chocolate Production Globally

This would have been a sweet, aromatic chocolate story, except that the industry has now been tainted by abuses, especially those detailed against Brazilian cocoa farms where thousands of instances of child labor had been identified.

A report released jointly on Friday by the Brazilian Federal Labor Prosecution Office and the International Labor Organization, says cocoa from Brazilian farms where human rights violations are common is used in global chocolate supply chain.

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Among the abuses detailed are farmers forced to work off debts to landowners or in degrading conditions, as well as thousands of instances of child labor.

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The report is based on findings from a year-long field investigation and a series of interviews with authorities and rural workers in the states of Bahia and Pará.

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Brazil was the world’s seventh-largest cocoa producer last year. It exports processed cocoa products to the United States, Argentina, The Netherlands, Mexico, Chile and Uruguay.

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UPDATES: Dutch Police Arrest Suspect In Deadly Tram Shooting

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Dutch Police Arrest Suspect In Deadly Tram Shooting

Dutch police have arrested The suspect in the deadly tram shooting in Utrecht, Netherlands, officials say.

Motive for the shooting remains unclear; police have said they were investigating a “possible terrorist motive” for the attack, but reports have also emerged that the shooting might have its roots in a family dispute.

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The shooting incident occurred in the Dutch city of Utrecht where a gunman opened fire on a tram in the central part of the city on Monday killing at least three persons and wounding nine.

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Utrecht police have released a photo of the suspect. He is Gokmen Tanis, a 37-year-old Turkish national.

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Utrecht Shooting: Gunman Kills 3 People On Dutch Tram In Possible Terrorist Attack

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Utrecht Shooting: Gunman Kills 3 People On Dutch Tram In Possible Terrorist Attack

A shooting incident has occurred just a few hours ago in the Dutch city of Utrecht where a gunman opened fire on a tram in the central part of the city on Monday killing at least three persons and wounding nine.

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The terror threat level around the city has been raised to maximum. They say the incident is being considered a possible terrorist incident.

Utrecht police have released a photo of the suspect.  He is Gokmen Tanis, a 37-year-old Turkish national.

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Police say there is the possibility there could be more than one shooter involved in the attack.

In neighboring Germany, police were carrying out checks on trains from the Netherlands and manning highways as well as mirror border crossings.

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Utrecht Shooting: Three Die In Tram Attack, Police Hunt For Turkish Man

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Utrecht Shooting: Three Die In Tram Attack, Police Hunt For Turkish Man

Dutch security forces were hunting for a 37-year-old Turkish man suspected of having shot several people, three of them fatally, on a tram in the city of Utrecht on Monday, in what authorities said appeared to be a terrorist attack.

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Dutch authorities raised the terrorism threat to its highest level in Utrecht province, schools were told to shut their doors and paramilitary police increased security at airports and other vital infrastructure and also at mosques.

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