• Mar 31, 2014
    Migrant domestic workers accompanying their employers to the United Kingdom are being subjected to serious abuses including forced labor, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The UK government is doing far too little to protect vulnerable workers, and recent changes to UK immigration rules make it harder for workers to flee abuse, the report found.
  • Feb 11, 2014

Reports

Exploitation, Forced Labor & Trafficking

  • Mar 31, 2014
    Migrant domestic workers accompanying their employers to the United Kingdom are being subjected to serious abuses including forced labor, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The UK government is doing far too little to protect vulnerable workers, and recent changes to UK immigration rules make it harder for workers to flee abuse, the report found.
  • Feb 11, 2014
  • Jan 23, 2014
    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) in 2013 stifled free expression, and subjected dissidents to manifestly unfair trials marred by credible allegations of torture, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2014.
  • Jan 21, 2014
    International criticism over serious abuses of migrant workers was focused on Qatar during 2013, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2014. The authorities have ignored warnings to reform a legal and regulatory system that facilitates forced labor.
  • Nov 21, 2013
    The Moroccan parliament should revise a draft law on the legal protections for domestic workers so that it complies with international standards, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to Labor Minister Abdeslam Seddiki.
  • Nov 17, 2013
    Countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) should bring their national laws on domestic workers up to the standards set by the International Labour Organization (ILO) Domestic Workers Convention. All six countries should ratify the international treaty promptly.
  • Nov 6, 2013
    When German companies meet in Frankfurt on November 6 to discuss business opportunities in Qatar, human rights should matter. It is not only the recent criticism that rained down on Qatar over the international media coverage of the Gulf state’s failure to prevent mistreatment of its migrant workers.
  • Oct 2, 2013
    Russian authorities in Sochi have rounded up hundreds of migrant workers for alleged violations of migration or employment regulations. Many have been held in arbitrary and inhuman detention conditions. The detentions of migrant workers, many of whom worked on Olympic construction sites, come less than five months before Russia will host the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.
  • Sep 29, 2013
    States often detain children without adequate attention to international law and in conditions that can be inhumane and damaging. Asylum-seeking and refugee children must be treated first and foremost as children, with their rights and protection needs given priority in all migration policies.
  • Sep 20, 2013
    The most widely addressed issue during Russia’s review was the crackdown on civil society that has been under way in the past 16 months. The crackdown has featured a series of laws restricting the rights to freedom of association, expression, and assembly.