Published on August 26, 2014
Charcoal slavery Case Study 1. Outline the issue in YOUR case study (CS). What is the incidence of slavery there? What is its pattern and scope? Do YOU find evidence of commodification/commoditization of human beings? Coal mining is Brazils largest sources of non-renewable energy. The coal mining region is located in the southern part of the country, and Brazil relies on its coal mining to help the economy grow, as it is a less wealthy country. However Brazil does not use ordinary workers for the coal mining business. In Jan 2014 it was roughly estimated that Brazil still had 40,000 slave labourers. Commoditization is when unique goods are no longer unique and become simple commodities. Humans are unique and are not every day objects to be used. However in this case, the humans have become commodities, as seen with deforester Jose Silva. He went to Macauba Ranch in Brazil hoping to find a job to earn a couple hundred dollars. At the end he was 800 dollars in debt and afraid that if he left the place where he would be fed foul meet one time a day, that he would be shot by his boss. 2. What is “slavery”? What type of slavery is YOUR case study about? Explain if YOUR case study (CS) meets the definition of slavery. Slavery is a system under which humans are treated as property, are bought or sold, and are forced to work by threat of death or harm. The slaves in Brazil are forced labour slaves. They are mainly being attracted to the job offer, which ends up being enslavement. It also falls under forced labour as the slaves are scared of death if they were to try to escape. This can be seen by Jose Silva´s case as well. 3. Which of the UDHR rights is being violated in YOUR CS? There can be more than one. Explain YOUR reasoning. The Brazilian Charcoal Slaves case study violates Article, which is the right to a standard of living adequate for health and well-being as they are not fed properly, or kept safe from diseases such as Malaria. Article 13, the right to freedom of movement is being violated as the workers cannot leave in fear that they will be killed by their boss. Article 5, No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment or punishment, is being violated as the workers are being tortured by working in horrible life threatening conditions as well as not being fed properly, as can be seen by Jose Silva. Article 4, No one shall be held in slavery or servitude, is being violated as more than 12% of Charcoal companies in Brazil enslave their workers ((http://murninghanpost.com) by paying them below minimum wage, or not at all in Harsh, inhumane working conditions. Article 2, everyone is entitles to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this declaration, is being violated as other articles of this declaration are being violated. Lastly Article 1, All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights, is being violated as the workers are not being treated in the same condition as the bosses, in-fact they are being treated in an inhumane and unsafe way, whilst the bosses are dining in luxury.