Venezuelans carrying groceries cross the Simon Bolivar bridge from Cucuta in Colombia back to San Antonio de Tachira in Venezuela, on July 17, 2016 (AFP Photo/George Castellanos)
VICE News: Venezuela has a new 'forced labor' law that can require people to work in fields
International human rights activists are complaining that new laws have introduced forced labour in Venezuela.
"A new decree establishing that any employee in Venezuela can be effectively made to work in the country's fields as a way to fight the current food crisis is unlawful and effectively amounts to forced labor," Amnesty International said in a statement released on Thursday.
President Nicolás Maduro signed a decree at the end of last week that gives powers to the labor ministry to order "all workers from the public and private sector with enough physical capabilities and technical know-how" to join a government drive aimed at increasing food production.
They can be required to work in the agricultural sector for a 60-day period that can be extended for another 60 days "if the circumstances require it."
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Update #1: Venezuela Workers & Business Owners Denounce New “Forced Labor” Decree (Latin American Herald Tribune)
Update #2: Going hungry in Venezuela (BBC)
WNU Editor: I have another word for this "forced labour law" .... it is called slavery. I have mentioned more than once in the past few months that it is going to get worse in Venezuela .... it is still going to get worse.