May 22, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
More than a year after Qatar's government promised reform for migrant workers, little to no improvement has been made, Amnesty International (AI) said Thursday. The government announced in November that the kafala sponsorship system, which currently limits the rights of foreign workers, is to be ...[read more]
March 2, 2015
by Matt Belenky
UN human rights expert Maria Grazia Giammarinaro on Monday urged the Malaysian government to make improvements to its efforts to combat human trafficking. At the conclusion of her first visit to Malaysia, Giammarinaro said that there are currently several million undocumented migrant workers in ...[read more]
February 10, 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia
Labor abuses persist in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) despite attempts at reform, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Tuesday. The report details the exploitation of migrant workers building a high-profile cultural complex in the UAE that includes branches of the Louvre and the Guggenheim museums. ...[read more]
November 16, 2014
by William Helbling
The Qatar government on Sunday pledged to announce new labor legislation by 2015 in an effort to improve conditions for migrant workers. The Qatar labor ministry announced the initiative by stating, "e intend to effect meaningful and lasting change for the benefit of all those who live and work ...[read more]
October 23, 2014
by Jenna Decker
Female migrant domestic workers in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are facing abuse and exploitation, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Thursday. The group pointed to UAE's visa sponsorship program, coupled with the lack of laws to protect domestic laborers, as the salient causes for the current ...[read more]
October 10, 2014
by Yuxin Jiang
An independent UN human rights expert on Thursday urged South Korea to adopt an anti-discrimination law. UN Special Rapporteur on racism Mutuma Ruteere said an anti-discrimination law is particularly important because of increasing globalization, with many foreign workers coming to Korea for ...[read more]
April 23, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
Migrant workers in Qatar face human rights abuse including forced labor, excessively long working hours, verbal harassment, and physical and sexual violence, according to an Amnesty International (AI) report released Wednesday. The report, entitled "Qatar: 'My sleep is my break': Exploitation of ...[read more]
April 8, 2014
by Stephen Adelgren
UN experts on the rights and status of migrant workers on Monday renewed calls to states urging the signing and ratification of a treaty more than 10 years old. The International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families has only been ratified ...[read more]
December 18, 2013
by Michael Muha
JURIST Guest Columnist Azadeh Shahshahani of the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia addresses injustices faced by migrant workers even as a holiday is celebrated in support of them...Today marks International Migrants Day, a day to be commemorated and celebrated by all in support of ...[read more]
August 23, 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove
UN Special Rapporteur on human trafficking Joy Ngozi Ezeilo on Monday urged the government of Thailand to improve measures to combat human trafficking, as well as protect the rights of migrant workers. The trafficking trade in Thailand is predominantly used for sexual and labor exploitation, with ...[read more]

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