Miscellaneous

Dhaka Principles for Migration with Dignity

  • The Dhaka Principles provide practical guidance for employers, labour brokers and other stakeholders concerning the employment of migrant workers.  They were developed in consultation with a range of stakeholders, including the International Trade Union Confederation, the ILO, business and civil society organisations, and seek to inform the development of policies and practices relating to migrant labour. http://www.dhaka-principles.org

Reports related to the Qatar World Cup and Sporting Events

  • Qatar Foundation’s Welfare Initiative to Address Unfair Employment Practices (April 2013): The Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development is working to enhance migrant workers’ quality of life through a new initiative designed to address unfair employment practices.  The foundation has developed a comprehensive set of standards to ensure the rights of workers at all stages of the migration cycle – from recruitment to repatriation – and which are based on an approach combining Qatari Labour Law with international best practice. http://www.qf.org.qa/app/media/2379
  • BHRRC page – Labour rights and the Qatar World Cup 2022: The Business and Human Rights Resource Centre has dedicated a webpage to collating resources concerning labour rights and the Qatar World Cup 2022. In particular concerns have been raised regarding the abuse of migrant workers, including through the exploitative ‘kafala’ sponsorship system, lack of freedom of association, confiscation of passports, and inappropriate working and housing conditions.  The webpage provides access to latest updates, information on and responses from companies involved, and also NGO commentary. http://www.business-humanrights.org/Documents/QatarWorldCup2022
  • Guardian Article: Qatar Commits to New Welfare Standards for World Cup Workers (11 February 2014): Article published by The Guardian examining the promise made by the organising committee for the Qatar World Cup 2022, and also wider concerns about the rights and conditions experienced by workers engaged in the construction boom underpinning World Cup infrastructure. The article notes that law firm DLA Piper has been engaged to prepare a report into the deaths of migrant workers highlighted by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, and also that the European Parliament’s human rights subcommittee was engaging with issues concerning migrant workers. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/feb/11/qatar-world-cup-2022-workers-welfare-standards
  • Human Rights Watch: Building a Better World Cup (12 June 2012): This report, published by Human Rights Watch, examines the recruitment and employment system supporting the construction industry associated with the Qatar World Cup 2022. It discusses issues relating to recruitment fees, the confiscation of workers’ passports, the restrictive sponsorship system used in Qatar, workers’ debts, restrictions on change of employment, working conditions and obstacles to seeking redress. http://www.hrw.org/reports/2012/06/12/building-better-world-cup-0
  • IHRB report:  Striving for Excellence:  Mega-Sporting Events and Human Rights (October 2013): A report by the IHRB that examines the human rights issues associated with mega sporting events and identified emerging good practice to advance human rights at these events. The report highlights challenges relating to communication about human rights associated with mega sporting events, particularly as regards the high public profile of these events. http://www.ihrb.org/pdf/2013-10-21_IHRB_Mega-Sporting-Events-Paper_Web.pdf

Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business: What are Sector Wide Impact Assessments? (August 2013)

  • The Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business is a joint initiative of the Institute of Human Rights and Business (IHRB) and the Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR).  This briefing note provides an overview of sector-wide impact assessments and describe the way in which these assessments are different from, and intersect with, project-level environmental, social and human rights impact assessments. It also includes information on the Centre’s draft planning for sector-wide impact assessments. http://www.myanmar-responsiblebusiness.org/pdf/SWIA.pdf