Bahrain: Human Rights Watch report, "For a Better Life - Migrant Worker Abuse continues despite Government Reform Agenda"

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Article
10 November 2012

Al Hamad Building Contracting Company vision - mission statement

Author: Al Hamad Building Contracting Company

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Company response
10 November 2012

Al Hamad construction company response

Author: Al Hamad Bldg. Cont. Co. LLC

... We would like to bring to to your notice that the press reports alleging Al Hamad of workers abuse highlighted by "Human rights watch" which received wide coverage in Bahrain were inaccurate and highly biased. These reports were presented without any regard to our stand point... We at Al Hamad respect and fully abide by the local government labor law and regulations and provide working standards including remuneration, working conditions, health and safety at work, insurance and benefits that far exceed the stipulations of labor law.

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Article
1 October 2012

For a Better life

Author: Human Rights Watch

This 123-page report documents the many forms of abuse and exploitation suffered by migrant workers in Bahrain...Despite their indispensable contribution to the life of their Gulf hosts, many workers have experienced human rights and labor rights abuses, including unpaid and low wages, passport confiscation, restrictions on their mobility, substandard housing, food deprivation, excessive and forced work, as well as physical, psychological, and sexual abuse.

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1 October 2012

[PDF] For a Better Life - Appendices

Author: Human Rights Watch [USA]

[Appendices include letters from Human Rights Watch to the five companies named in the report: Al-Hamad, Abdulla Nass, Al Asfoor, Senior Group (and Senior Group’s response), and G.P Zachariades Company (and G.P. Zachariades Company response). Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited the three firms that had not responded to Human Rights Watch to provide a response. Al-Hamad’s response is below. Al Asfoor and Abdulla Nass have not yet responded.]

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