May 19, 2009

"The Island of Happiness"

Exploitation of Migrant Workers on Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi

Summary
Labor conditions in Abu Dhabi
Labor reforms
The role of international institutions
Recommendations
To the Tourism Development and Investment Company of Abu Dhabi:
To the Government of France, Agence France-Muséums, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, and New York University:
To Ateliers Jean Nouvel, Foster and Partners, Gehry Partners LLP, Rafael Vinoly Architects PC, Tadao Ando Architects and Associates, and Zaha Hadid Architects:
To construction and other companies employing migrant workers engaged in work on Saadiyat Island, including Arabtec, al-Habtoor, al-Jaber, Leighton, Saif bin Darwish, Ed. Zueblin AG and Abu Dhabi National Hotels / Compass:
To the Government of the UAE:
Methodology
Abu Dhabi and Saadiyat Island
Saadiyat Island
The Exploitation of Foreign Workers on Saadiyat Island
The Sponsorship System
Labor Supply Agencies
Coercive Contractual Circumstances
Confiscation of Passports, Freedom of Movement and Forced Labor
Violations Regarding Wages
Obligations of UAE Authorities under International Law and International Standards of Corporate Responsibility
International Legal Obligations of UAE Authorities
Corporate Social Responsibility
Acknowledgments