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26 April 2018

Paper finds severe labour exploitation in Spanish & Italian agricultural supply chains; reflects on potential action co's can take

Author: Cecilia Barral Diego & Lisa Szeponik, Loening - Human Rights & Responsible Business

Germany is the main market destination for Spanish and Italian exportations in the processed food market, with a particular focus on the fruit and vegetable sector. In crop year 2016/2017, Germany bought from Spain almost 2.0 billion kilograms of...

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19 April 2018

Sri Lanka: Recruitment agencies allegedly force female domestic workers to take contraceptives to secure work in the Gulf

Author: Sophie Cousins, The Guardian

"Recruiters order Sri Lankan women to take birth control before working in Gulf", 6 April 2018...

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13 April 2018

India: Gov't. blacklists two UAE shipping cos. over labour abuses

Author: World Maritime News

"India Blacklists Two UAE Companies for Abandoning Seafarers" 30 Mar 2018...

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3 April 2018

New publication in Polish and English: "Introducing Business and Human Rights to the general public in Poland"

In February 2018, the Polish newspapers Rzeczpospolita[1] and Parkiet[2] published a 32-page supplement on Business and Human Rights (BHR) under the title:  "Business and Human Rights. Responsibility, benefits, ethics". The publication is also...

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27 March 2018

UAE: Online portal for hiring Indian workers aims to prevent recruitment fraud

Author: Abdulla Rasheed, Gulf News

"UAE-India integrated hiring system soon to prevent fraud", 21 March 2018...

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17 March 2018

Qatar: Local World Cup organiser working with contractors to pay back recruitment fees to migrant workers

Author: Anthony Harwood, Global Construction Review

By the end of March more than 5,500 people from across South Asia, a third of the workforce, will be reimbursed money they paid to middlemen who hired them to work in [Qatar]. The Doha government is negotiating with its contractors in the hope that...

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20 February 2018

Australia: 'Serious exploitation' of cleaners in Woolworths' labour supply chain, inquiry finds

Author: ABC News online

"Woolworths contractors underpaying cleaners in 'serious exploitation' across Tasmania, inquiry finds", 14 February 2018...

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3 January 2018

Nepal: Amnesty International survey documents exploitation of migrant workers by recruitment agents charging excessive, illegal fees

In December 2017, Amnesty International conducted a survey of 414 Nepali migrant workers. The results revealed that 88% reported that they paid fees to recruitment agents for their jobs overseas. Most workers also had to take out high-interest loans...

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2 January 2018

Saudi Arabia: Recruitment agents overcharge clients for recruiting migrant workers in violation of government pricing regulations

Author: Arabian Business

"Saudi recruitment agents charging 'twice as much as prices advertised'", 2 January 2017...

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20 November 2017

Human Rights Watch report says recruitment agencies complicit in exploitation of Tanzanian domestic workers in Oman & UAE, including sexual exploitation & excessive working hours

A report by Human Rights Watch on the abuse suffered by Tanzanian domestic workers in Oman & UAE says employment agencies are complicit in the workers' exploitation, including physical and sexual abuse, and excessing working conditions. It calls...

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