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The Cost of Contagion

The human rights impacts of COVID-19 on migrant workers in the Gulf

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EXPOsed

Discrimination and forced labour practices on Expo 2020 Dubai

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New report reveals signs of forced labor at the World's Fair in Dubai

Danwatch DK, a leading Danish media outlet features Equidem's report "EXPOsed:
Discrimination and forced labour practices on Expo 2020 Dubai" documenting rampant discrimination and forced labour practices at the world fair in Dubai, UAE.

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Opinion: Debt bondage, forced labour and discrimination: How migrant workers, including many Nepalis, are suffering in Dubai

Equidem Nepal's Deepika Thapaliya writes for Nepal Live Today underlining labour rights violations that migrant workers faced at EXPO 2020 Dubai.

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A death a day: Nepali workers in Saudi Arabia

Rameshwar Nepal, South Asia Director of Equidem Nepal evaluates the effectiveness of pre-departure orientation training programmes aimed at protecting migrant workers to minimise deaths, injuries, and illness.

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Opinion: Expo’s bright lights cannot hide Dubai’s dark side of discrimination and forced labour

Equidem's Namrata Raju writes for Thompson Reuters Foundation stressing the need for the United Arab Emirates to address the plight of low-paid migrant workers.

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Opinion: Nepal-Qatar Joint Committee meeting: An opportunity to address challenges faced by Nepali workers

Equidem Nepal's Deepika Thapaliya writes for Nepal Live Today highlighting issues that Qatar needs to address to ensure the safety and wellbeing of Nepali workers in the region.

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Crying out for Justice: Wage Theft Against Migrant Workers During COVID 19

Thompson Reuters highlights Migrant Forum in Asia's report highlighting cases of wage theft against migrant workers during COVID-19.

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Checked Out: Migrant Worker Abuse in Qatar’s World Cup Luxury Hotels

Worker rights in the hospitality sector is one of Equidem’s high priority focus areas. In the first half of 2021, Equidem interviewed migrant workers in Qatar’s hospitality sector for the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre (BHRRC) report “Checked Out: Migrant Worker Abuse in Qatar’s World Cup Luxury Hotels.” Interviews were conducted between April and June 2021 with workers at hotels in Qatar who originated from countries in East Africa, South Asia and South-East Asia. The men and women interviewed were employed by enterprises of major target hospitality brands and by their sub-contractors and suppliers.

Following this, Equidem also helped the BHRRC team with data management and analysis of the findings and testimonies from workers for the report. Equidem has a long association with the BHRRC, including past research and advocacy collaboration regarding migrant worker rights in the Gulf countries.

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Video & Podcasts

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"No food, heavy shelling" Indian students share their experiences amidst the Russia-Ukraine conflict
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Equidem report Launch: "EXPOsed: Discrimination and forced labour practices at Expo 2020 Dubai"
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Equidem's Namrata Raju speaks about the impact of COVID-19 on migrant workers’ rights in the Middle East
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Launch of new Equidem, the cost of contagion: the human rights impacts of COVID-19 on migrant workers in the Gulf region