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Sport is sailing rudderless into geopolitical storms

In an article published on the Asser International Sports Law Blog, FairSquare director Nick McGeehan argues that sport’s responses to Russia and Israel show how the absence of rules makes FIFA and the IOC tools of the global north.

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Thirteen Years After Mubarak’s Ouster, Unprecedented Repression and Economic Instability in Egypt

FairSquare has joined 18 Egyptian and international NGOs in our unceasing solidarity with the Egyptian people’s unmet demands for “bread, freedom, and social justice”, thirteen years after the ousing of Hosni Mubarak.

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The impact of UK double standards on international humanitarian law

FairSquare’s co-director has made a written submission to the UK’s Foreign Affairs Committee emphasising the damage being done by British failures to stand behind international human rights law and humanitarian law in Gaza and other conflicts involving its allies and partners.

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UAE: Laying of mass charges against political prisoners during COP28 “beggars belief”

News that during its hosting of the COP28 climate talks, the UAE laid new terrorism charges against 87 people, including the country’s most high-profile political prisoners, has been greeted with shock.

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New report on COP28’s food and agriculture image and UAE’s migrant workers

The image of climate-friendly menus being pushed at this year’s global climate conference, COP28 in Dubai, UAE, clashes with the stark reality faced by vulnerable communities in the host country, and its impact on the environment, a new report released today unveils.

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Manchester’s political leaders should use influence to call for release of detained UAE activists

A coalition of five human rights NGOs has urged Manchester City Council to make a public call on the government of the United Arab Emirates to release Ahmed Mansoor and others in the UAE who have been unfairly imprisoned for expressing criticism of its government. 

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Urgent appeal to UN on case of Alaa Abd El-Fattah

FairSquare has joined 33 other human rights organisations in writing to the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (UNWGAD) to consider and announce their opinion on Alaa Abd El-Fattah’s case at the earliest opportunity.

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India should refuse Israeli calls to replace Palestinian workers with Indian nationals

Acceding to any Israeli request for Indian migrant workers would further enable Israel’s war crimes and support illegal settlements

The Indian government should refuse to enter into any agreement with Israel to allow Indian nationals to replace Palestinian workers from Gaza and the West Bank, FairSquare said today. Any such deal would further enable Israel’s forced displacement of the Palestinian population and support illegal settlements, in addition to leaving Indian workers vulnerable to serious abuse and exploitation.

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New UK coalition on migrant agricultural worker rights

FairSquare joins Seasonal Worker Interest Group as an associate member.

Today, key civil society organisations and trade unions actively supporting and engaging with migrant seasonal workers in agriculture on the UK’s Seasonal Worker visa are launching a new coalition, the Seasonal Worker Interest Group.

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UK Home Office criticised for decision on migrant agriculture worker review

The Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration in the UK has criticised the government’s failure to publish a review of the “seasonal workers route”, the scheme in which multiple media investigations and NGO reports have identified labour exploitation and abuse of migrant workers.

The Home Office’s decision not to publish a promised review of the scheme came in a 20 September letter to NGOs – including FairSquare – and other experts from the UK and countries of migrant workers’ origin, who had originally written to the minister in May calling for stronger controls on recruitment processes and other areas to protect migrant workers.

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