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World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) - Global network fighting against torture and other human rights violations Artists boycott Guggenheim Abu Dhabi project | The Art Newspaper Controversies United Arab Emirates More than 130 artists, curators and writers have signed a petition demanding that the museum improve working conditions By Helen Stoilas. Web onlyPublished online: 17 March 2011 Visitors view the Saadiyat Island Cultural District model at the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi in 2007. NEW YORK. The petition, published online and addressed to Richard Armstrong, the director of the Guggenheim Foundation and its New York museum, says: “Human rights violations are currently occurring on Saadiyat Island, the location of the new museum.” The boycott demands that the Guggenheim and its Abu Dhabi partner, the Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC), guarantee that workers will be reimbursed for any recruitment fees they may have paid, and that they hire a “reputable independent monitor” who will determine if conditions on the work site comply with international laws and standards and makes these findings public. Submit a comment All comments are moderated.

[français] - FIDH : mouvement mondial des droits de l'Homme FIDH : mouvement mondial des droits de l’Homme 178 organisations de défense des droits de l’Homme à travers le monde Page d'accueil [français] - Rapports focus precsuiv Mots-Clés Qui sommes nous ? Régions Thèmes Contact Agir web Copyright © 2014 - FIDH : mouvement mondial des droits de l’Homme | Haut de page | Page d'accueil | Plan du site | altospam For Bangladeshi Garment Workers, It Is Still 1911 Getty Images Uncanny: A fire last December in Dhaka, Bangladesh, bore a striking resemblance to the Triangle factory fire a century earlier. By Gal Beckerman Published March 16, 2011, issue of March 25, 2011. The details sound eerily familiar. A fire on the ninth floor of a garment factory. The only big difference was the number of dead. Also, this second fire was last December, in Bangladesh. We look at the events that took place 100 years ago and they feel so distant from our reality. “There are a lot of parallels with the garment industry in Bangladesh,” said Kevin Kolben, an assistant professor at Rutgers University, who specializes in international labor law. Bangladesh offers the most telling example of just how little has changed. The fire in December took place in a factory owned by the Ha-Meem Group of Bangladesh, which employs 5,000 workers, mostly women, who make pants for customers in the West. Attempts to improve conditions have been halting.

International | Working to Protect Human Rights Contexte La Cour suprême a confirmé en février un jugement rendu en 2005 par la Haute Cour et qui avait conclu à l’illégalité du cinquième amendement à la Constitution. L’arrêt de la Cour ne prévoyait pas la possibilité d’enquêter sur les atteintes aux droits humains commises entre août 1975 et avril 1979, période qui avait été couverte par l’amendement. Au mois de mars, le Bangladesh a ratifié le Statut de Rome de la Cour pénale internationale. Haut de la page Violences faites aux femmes et aux filles Selon des statistiques officielles, parmi tous les crimes et délits signalés à la police au cours des six premiers mois de l’année, les violences faites aux femmes étaient les plus nombreux. Arrestations et détentions arbitraires En février, la police a interpellé quelque 300 sympathisants du Camp des étudiants islamiques du Bangladesh, la branche étudiante de la Société de l’islam, un parti d’opposition. Utilisation excessive de la force Exécutions extrajudiciaires Peine de mort Impunité

The Nannies' Norma Rae It’s the most intimate class divide in human civilization, or at least in such relatively civilized places as Manhattan and Park Slope, Brooklyn. On the one side, there is the professional couple bringing in six figures a year; on the other, the nanny or maid without whom the couple wouldn’t be able to practice their professions. Conditions of employment are as variable as the individual employers are — from respectful and considerate all the way to criminally abusive. On average, a domestic worker is likely to get less than $15 an hour, no benefits and none of the credit or glory. To my knowledge anyway, there has never been a successful career woman — or man, for that matter — who’s responded to being praised for “doing it all” by saying, “Actually, Manuela (or Angelica or Harriet) does most of it.” You don’t have to be down on your knees scraping congealed crème fraîche off marble tiles to see that there’s something not quite right about this picture.

Classement mondial 2011-2012 La Syrie, le Bahreïn et le Yémen n’ont jamais été aussi mal classés "Les changements ont été nombreux dans la dixième édition du classement de la liberté de la presse. Changements qui reflètent une actualité incroyablement riche, notamment dans le monde arabe. De nombreux médias ont payé cher la couverture des aspirations démocratiques ou des mouvements d’opposition. Le contrôle de l’information reste un enjeu de pouvoir et de survie pour les régimes totalitaires et répressifs. 2011 illustre également le rôle prépondérant joué par les net-citoyens pour la production et la diffusion de l’information », a déclaré Reporters sans frontières, à l’occasion de la publication de son classement mondial de la liberté de la presse, le 25 janvier 2012. "‘Répression’ a été le mot de l’année écoulée. "Le trio infernal – composé de l’Érythrée, du Turkménistan et de la Corée du Nord, dictatures absolues où n’existe aucune liberté publique – occupe sans surprise la fin du classement.

Defending the Dignity of Migrant Workers Tuesday marked the 146th Anniversary of National Freedom Day, the day on which President Abraham Lincoln signed the joint congressional resolution that outlawed slavery and became the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. In remarks to the president's Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stated that "modern slavery, often hidden and unrecognized, persists today on every continent and, most tragically, right here in the United States, despite being prohibited by both domestic legislation and international law." On that same day, the ACLU and its co-counsel filed for class certification (PDF) in a case on behalf of over 500 Indian guestworkers. The lawsuit was first filed in the U.S. The complaint also claims that once in the U.S., the workers were housed at Signal's overcrowded, unsanitary and racially segregated labor camps, where as many as 24 men shared a trailer with only two toilets.

GPI Map - 2011 < Global Peace Index < Vision of Humanity through See the latest peace news and research Contact us Vision of Humanity is an initiative of the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP). Media: Education: Data request: Sydney office PO Box 42, St Leonards, NSW 1590, Sydney Australia Tel: +61 2 9901 8500 New York office 3 East 54th Street 14th Floor New York, New York 10022 USA Tel: +1 (646) 963-2160 Job opportunities and internships are listed on the Institute for Economics and Peace website. Contact us Vision of Humanity Captured by Cotton — Marks & Spencer — C&A — GAP Inc. — Bestseller — Inditex — Diesel — India — Asia — SOMO Stichting Onderzoek Multinationale Ondernemingen Exploited Dalit girls produce garments in India for European and US markets This report highlights several labour rights violations faced by girls and young women employed under the Sumangali Scheme in the Tamil Nadu garment industry. The Sumangali Scheme equals bonded labour, on the basis of the fact that employers are unilaterally holding back part of the workers’ wages until three or more years of work have been completed. In addition, workers are severely restricted in their freedom of movement and privacy. Workers work in unsafe and unhealthy circumstances. Support our effort Thanks for your interest! DonateDownload