Poor working conditions for hotel workers in Dubai

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Demanding working conditions, withheld passports and twelve hour working days without breaks or overtime pay. This is the reality for migrants working at hotels in Dubai, according to a report released by Swedwatch today. Every year thousands of Europeans travel to Dubai and the number is increasing rapidly. The hotel sector in the gulf region […]

Sri Lanka: Human rights violations in the holiday paradise

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The Society for Threatened Peoples Switzerland (STP) is today (1st March) publishing its report “Dark Clouds over the Sunshine Paradise – Tourism and Human Rights in Sri Lanka“. The report shows that systematic human rights abuses have been taking place as a result of tourism development in the country: fishermen have seen their access to […]

Why the tourism industry needs to put human rights on its agenda

Mark Watson, Tourism Concern’s Executive Director, comments on this important issue: This week, over 50,00 tourism industry representatives from 189 countries convened in London for the annual World Travel Market. Business deals worth millions of dollars were struck and thousands of tourism products were no doubt  bought and sold. These products combine services, cultures, people, and places. However, it […]

Human Rights

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The right to turn on a tap and see water come out, the right to access coastal land to sustain your livelihood, the right to walk around your neighbourhood, the right to privacy – these are all human rights we take for granted. But what if these rights were taken away from us – and […]

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