November 12, 2006

BuildingTowers, Cheating Workers

Exploitation of Migrant Construction Workers in the United Arab Emirates

I. Summary
II. Recommendations
To the Government of the United Arab Emirates
To the Governments of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka..
To the Governments of the United States, the European Union, and Australia
III. Methodology
IV. Migrant Construction Workers in the United Arab Emirates
Visibility of Migrant Worker Grievances
V. Exploitation of Migrant Construction Workers
The Recruitment Process
Unpaid Wages
Low Wages
Confiscation of Passports
Safety and Health Hazards
VI. UAE Labor Law..
Government Mechanisms Addressing Labor Disputes
Deficiencies in the Law...
VII. Workers' Human Rights and Government Obligations under International Law..
UAE Membership in the ILO...
Other International Standards
Acknowledgments
Appendix 1: Human Rights Watch Letter to UAE Minister of Labor
Appendix 2: UAE Government Response to Human Rights Watch's Letter