FairSquare today released a briefing paper examining how the UAE has used its oil and gas revenues to finance an interventionist and ruinous foreign policy, most notably in the Middle East and North Africa.Continue reading “Exporting Authoritarianism: new UAE briefing”
On 2 October, FairSquare will join partner organisations ALQST for Human Rights, English PEN, and RSF UK, in holding a candle-lit vigil for Jamal Khashoggi outside the Saudi Arabian embassy in London, five years after his state-sponsored murder. The vigil will mark Jamal’s life and legacy, and support ongoing calls for justice.Continue reading “Five year anniversary vigil for Jamal Khashoggi”
COP28 hosts should lead the way to protect workers’ health and lives in the face of alarming projections
Extreme and rising temperatures in the Gulf states are placing migrant workers across the region at acute risk of potentially fatal heat-related illnesses and injuries, a new report from the Vital Signs Partnership has found.Continue reading “UAE, other Gulf states exposing migrant workers to potentially fatal temperatures”
FairSquare report provides further evidence of the harms of state ownership of football clubs
A new report published today finds that political leaders in Manchester and Newcastle have not only declined multiple opportunities to use their positions of influence to express criticism of serious and systematic human rights abuses in the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, but have effectively assisted these two deeply abusive and profoundly anti-democratic states’ efforts to set up ‘soft power enclaves’ in cities with proud histories of protest and dissent.Continue reading “Lack of civic leadership has enabled Manchester and Newcastle sportswashing projects”
A new Amnesty International report, produced with the assistance of FairSquare, has found that the Dutch government has incentivized Dutch companies to do business in China, Saudi Arabia and Russia without ensuring human rights due diligence responsibilities are met.Continue reading “New report on Dutch government, business and human rights in authoritarian states”
FairSquare has joined Saudi Arabian and international civil society organisations in calling on Boeing to take a principled stand on the human rights situation in Saudi Arabia and specifically to urge the Saudi authorities to lift the travel bans they have imposed on numerous peaceful dissidents, rights advocates and their family members.Continue reading “NGOs call on Boeing to urge Saudi Arabia to lift travel bans on peaceful activists”
Systemic stability not possible with nation state involvement
FairSquare has this week written to Lucy Frazer, the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, urging the UK government to outlaw state ownership of English football clubs.Continue reading “Call on UK government to prohibit and phase out state ownership of football clubs”
Qatari state takeover of Manchester United would strengthen autocrats’ grip on the game
FairSquare has written to UEFA to call on European football’s governing body to outline a clear public position prohibiting a Qatari state takeover of Manchester United.Continue reading “Call on UEFA to protect competition integrity”
Research for the Vital Signs Project identifies inability to access healthcare as a likely significant factor in the number of preventable deaths of migrant workers in the Gulf, and lack of documentation and affordability as key barriers.
A coalition of organisations, including NGOs from Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal and the Philippines, today issued a report on low-income migrant workers’ access to healthcare in the Gulf. The Cost of Living, based on quantitative and qualitative research in the Gulf states and in multiple countries of origin, describes how multiple barriers prevent low-income migrant workers from accessing non-emergency healthcare in the six states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).Continue reading “New report links lack of healthcare access to migrant worker deaths in the Gulf”
New report reveals poor data, high-rate of unexplained deaths and a series of cumulative risks to health.
A coalition of organisations, including NGOs from Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Nepal and the Philippines, today issued a report on the deaths of low-paid migrant workers in the Gulf states, and called on their governments and those in the Gulf to urgently take steps to reduce the number of unnecessary migrant worker fatalities.Continue reading “Urgent call for action on migrant worker deaths in the Gulf￼”