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Earlier this week during the 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report ceremony, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump honored eight men and women whose personal efforts have made an extraordinary difference in the global fight against modern slavery. Leonardo Sakamoto is a Brazilian journalist with an unwavering commitment to the protection of fundamental freedoms in Brazil. In 2001, he established Repórter Brasil, an NGO dedicated to monitoring and combating forced labor in Brazil. Leonardo is one of the 2017 TIP Heroes. #EndTrafficking #TIPHeroes #TIPReport

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HEBRON : Israeli soldiers try to remove a picture of the late Palestinian leader Yaser Arafat, fixed to the entrance of the Israeli settlement of Karmi Tsour, near Beit Omar village north of the West Bank town of Hebron on January 31, 2015. The Israeli government on Friday published tenders to build 430 new settler homes in the occupied West Bank, the head of an NGO that monitors settlement activity told AFP. Israel occupied the West Bank in the 1967 Six-Day war. Building settlements there is illegal under international law and opposed by the United States and the international community as an obstacle to an eventual peace deal with the Palestinians. AFP PHOTO/ HAZEM BADER

A year after the tsunami [in Sri Lanka], the respected NGO ActionAid, which monitors foreign aid spending, published the results of an extensive survey of fifty thousand tsunami survivors in five countries. The same patterns repeated everywhere: residents were barred from rebuilding, but hotels were showered with incentives; temporary camps were miserable militarized holding pens, and almost no permanent reconstruction had been done; entire ways of life were being extinguished. It concluded that the setbacks could not be chalked up to the usual villains of poor communication, underfunding or corruption. The problems were structural and deliberate: ‘Governments have largely failed in their responsibility to provide land for permanent housing,’ the report concluded. ‘They have stood by or been complicit as land has been grabbed and coastal communities pushed aside in favour of commercial interests.’
—  Naomi Klein