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UN Sanctions and North Korea’s Forgotten Workers

The United Nations Security Council recently adopted Resolution 2371—the latest sanctions on North Korea. In so doing, the Security Council acquiesced to the continuation of the country’s state-sponsored, forced-labor-for-export scheme and abandoned an important opportunity to protect the rights and dignity of workers as defined by UN conventions, writes the Solidarity Center’s Jeff Vogt.  

Nepal Quake Recovery, Done Right, Could Ease Migration Pressure

Two years after Nepal’s powerful earthquake, slow pace of reconstruction offers an opportunity for the nation to change its economic model, which leans heavily on remittances from Nepali migrant workers. It is a “unique moment” to create jobs that protect workers’ rights, pay fair wages and boost the economic status of its citizens, according to… [READ MORE]

Thailand’s Upgrade in Human Trafficking Report Slammed as ‘Premature

 Human rights lawyer Preeda Tongchumnum also lauded Thai government’s effort in tackling human trafficking but said more could be done, including ratifying the United Nations International Labor Organization convention. “Without these rights, migrant workers especially in Thailand’s biggest export industries remain vulnerable,” said Tongchumnum from the Solidarity Center office in Thailand.

Eradicating Child Labor in Supply Chains Requires Binding, Enforceable Standards

In the effort to end child labor and other abuses in supply chains, voluntary, unenforceable corporate codes of conduct are not the answer, write’s Solidarity Center Senior Asia Program Officer Sonia Mistry. “The only truly sustainable and meaningful alternatives to voluntary codes of conduct are binding and enforceable standards that employers and governments must abide by… [READ MORE]

The FIFA Scandal Could Hurt Migrant Workers and Their Families Back Home

As the FIFA corruption scandal widens and pressure builds to move the World Cup from countries tainted by the investigation, a deeper human tragedy may be unfolding: The economically fragile situation of migrant workers who build infrastructure for global sporting events will only worsen if they lose their jobs abroad and have no employment to… [READ MORE]