ICBU Conference in India criticize abuse of Asian Workers in United Arab Emirates

Feb 25 2018
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Knowledge Foundation and Peace and Justice in association with International Campaign to Boycott UAE held the first of its kind conference to discuss the human rights conditions of Asian workers in United Arab Emirates. The conference discussed how Asian workers, particularly Indians are abused by UAE companies and authorities. The conference concluded  with recommendations to save the lives of many workers and improved the lives of others.

The conference examined Asian laborers and violations  of human rights UAE especially, the mega projects. The conference was held today, Sunday 25th -02-2018, at the at the Constitution Club of India,

The condition of Asian laborers working in the Gulf, including the United Arab Emirates, is very poor and it is compelled to work against labor laws.

Many intellectuals expressed their views in the program. Along with that, people told the violation of human rights.

Kishore Gogar, a labor laws expert in the seminar, said that “we can assess the situation only by taking the money from laborers in the Gulf. Referring to Kaffala system, he said that passports of Indian laborers are seized. They are forced to work by making mortgages in the country and this is no different from slave practice in any way.

Gogar termed the compulsion to work with passport captive as a new slave practice. He also expressed anguish over working hour and labor conditions.

Hashi Jha,  a knowledge expert of labor laws in the seminar, cited the experience, saying that while doing a job with Indian and Asian laborers, the promise is made but nothing else is done there. He said that by making laws, the human rights of the laborers should be protected so that they can easily work there.

Former President of Aligarh Muslim University , Faizul Hassan,  said that India should create such an environment in the country so that Indians do not have to go out for a job. He said that a lot of laws have been made but they are not used properly. Faizul said that the Indian government should put pressure on the government to protect the human rights of laborers working in the Gulf countries.

Javed Ali Khan, Member of Parliament, in the seminar, said that the violation of human rights with laborers has become very common. Company and consultancy agencies should also know about labor laws and international treaties while promising employment. He said that people should be conscious of human rights law themselves too.

Meanwhile, Global HR Suman Singh of SMC,  said that everyone should be aware of human rights, so be aware of their rights. While sharing his experiences he also warned people to be aware and to be cautious about their rights. He also appealed to people to educate themselves.

The conference concluded that UAE should take serious steps to end human rights abuses in the country. Recommendations were issued as follows:

– End UAE Human Rights abuse against all workers regardless of their nationality.

– End Slavery practices by companies and business such as the Kafala system and holding the passports.

– Paying the minimum wage for workers and abide by all International labor laws.

– Enacting laws to protect the rights of workers where companies are exploiting them.

– Indian Government should make sure that UAE is protecting workers. In case of UAE’s failure to do so, Indian Government should adopt boycott against the country.