March 21, 2012

The Island of Happiness Revisited

A Progress Report on Institutional Commitments to Address Abuses of Migrant Workers on Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Island

Summary
Key Recommendations
I. Background
Human Rights Watch’s 2009 “Island of Happiness” Report
Responses to 2009 Report
Responsibility of Institutions for Protection of Workers’ Rights
II. Since 2009: A Mixed Record
Responses to our New Findings
III. Key Issues
Recruitment Fees
Contract Substitution and Misrepresentation
Confiscation of Passports
Independent Monitoring
Appendix: Related Correspondence
Letter from Human Rights Watch to Main Parties Involved in the Saadiyat Island Development Project – February 24, 2011
TDIC Response to February 24 Human Rights Watch Letter – March 17, 2011
Guggenheim Press Release Responding to Artists’ Boycott – March 17, 2011
TDIC Press Release Responding to Artists’ Boytcott – March 17, 2011
Guggenheim Response to February 24 Human Rights Watch Letter – March 21, 2011
EAA Response to February 24 Human Rights Watch Letter – March 22, 2011
Excerpts from NYUAD Website - Updated to Reflect Monitoring and Enforcement of the Provision of the Statement of Shared Values
Guggenheim Letter to Artists – March 23, 2011
NYUAD Response to February 24 Human Rights Watch Letter – March 27, 2011
AFM / Louvre Abu Dhabi Response to March 14 Human Rights Watch Letter – April 14, 2011