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1 April 2020

Commentary: US economic relief package shortchanges workers

Author: Human Rights Watch

The United States government’s US$2 trillion economic package passed in response to COVID-19 contains important protections but will leave many low-income people unable to afford life necessities... “The CARES Act is an important step, but not enough...

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1 April 2020

India: Thousands of migrant garment workers stranded in cramped factory hostels amid lockdown

Author: Anuradha Nagaraj, Thomson Reuters Foundation

"Coronavirus threatens Indian garment workers stranded in factory housing", 30 March 2020...

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1 April 2020

Malaysia: Medical glove manufacturers see surge in orders due to COVID-19, amid forced labour concerns

Rubber glove manufacturers in Malaysia - the world's biggest producer of medical gloves - are reporting a surge in orders from Europe and the US as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, including firms previously linked to exploitation of migrant workers...

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1 April 2020

NGO coalition calls on Qatar to put migrant worker welfare at the front of their response to Covid-19

On 31 March 2020, a coalition of civil society organisations and trade unions, including the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, sent a letter to the Qatar government, urging them to take actions to take preventative steps to protect migrant...

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31 March 2020

Factory women workers in Lebanon and Tunisia at the frontline against the spread of coronavirus, divert usual garment and equipment production

In Lebanon and Tunisia, several reports pointed at the role played by women workers in light of the sanitary crisis ....

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30 March 2020

As pandemic restricts travel and work, internet restrictions block Gulf migrant workers from contacting families

Author: Burhan Wazir, Coda Story

"Foreign workers in the Gulf can't call home during coronavirus crisis," 27 Mar 2020...

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30 March 2020

Bahrain: Govt. urges companies to ensure workers can socially distance within labour accommodation

Author: Raji Unnikrishnan, GDN Online (Bahrain)

"New safety rules for labour camps," 30 Mar 2020...

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30 March 2020

Cambodia & Southeast Asia: Thousands of migrant workers lose their job as Thailand's economy shuts down due to Thai govt.'s measures to curb Covid-19 spread

Author: Radio Free Asia

"Unemployed Southeast Asian Migrants in Thailand Struggle as COVID-19 Shuts Down Economy", 25 March 2020...

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30 March 2020

EU Agency for Fundamental Rights highlights human & labour rights implications of COVID-19

Author: European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights

"Fundamental rights implications: COVID-19 pandemic", 27 March 2020...

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30 March 2020

FIFA lawsuit (re migrant workers, Qatar)

Snapshot: In December 2016, two trade union organizations, and a Bangladeshi worker filed a lawsuit in Switzerland against FIFA. They allege FIFA’s complicity in the alleged abuse of migrant workers in Qatar. In January 2017, the Swiss courts dismisse...

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