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]
June 29, 2011
by Megan McKee
Megan McKee, University of Pittsburgh School of Law Class of 2012, worked as a legal researcher for the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law and is currently working in Lebanon. She writes about the need for greater rights for migrant workers in that country, especially for those ...[read more]
May 21, 2010
by Joseph Schaeffer
Polly Chien, Pitt Law '12, writes about the rights of migrant workers in her home country of Taiwan... Many Americans need a cup of coffee in the morning. As a first year law student, I walk down the street from the law school to McDonald's to buy mine. Sometimes, the clerk is not fluent in... ...[read more]
April 19, 2010
by Ann Riley
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Monday encouraged the six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states to address continuing rights issues, including women's rights, treatment of migrant workers, statelessness, and freedoms of expression, association, and assembly. In a speech at... ...[read more]
April 1, 2010
by Jonathan Cohen
The UN International Labour Organization (ILO) on Wednesday reiterated its call on the international community to take a rights based approach to international migration. The group said that 90 percent of the migration that occurs is driven by the search for employment and that countries... ...[read more]
December 18, 2009
by JURIST Staff
December 18 is International Migrants Day, marking the 1990 adoption of the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families. ... ...[read more]
November 24, 2008
by Tarah Park
A Malaysian labor activist jailed for alleging police brutality against illegal immigrants in detention was acquitted by the Kuala Lumpur High Court on Monday. Irene Fernandez, the director and cofounder of migrant workers' rights group Tenaganita, was arrested in 1996. In 2003 she was convict... ...[read more]

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