Urgent action needed to protect Vietnamese workers trafficked to Serbia |
Eight companies, including Vietnamese labor recruitment agencies and Chinese construction firms registered in Serbia, are believed to be involved in serious human rights abuses, they said, citing information received.
Experts have written to businesses and are also in contact with authorities in three countries.
“We are extremely concerned that these migrant workers may have been trafficked for the purpose of forced labor, and are living and working in deplorable conditions in Serbia, posing a serious risk to their lives. their lives and health,” surname speak in a statement.
They are also bothered by accusations that civil society groups that want to support workers have not been allowed access to them.
Experts urge the Governments of Serbia, Vietnam and China to ensure that businesses based in their territories, or operating under them, respect the human rights of all workers.
“This includes not only businesses that rely on migrant workers but also labor recruitment agencies,” they said.
Regulation and supervision of labor recruitment agencies are also important to effectively prevent trafficking for the purpose of forced labour, they added.
Experts remind governments of their duty to protect against business-related human rights abuses.
States must also take appropriate steps to ensure that victims have access to justice and effective remedies, and to ensure continued assistance and protection, including against coercion picture back.
They also state the obligation of businesses to exercise accountability in ensuring that the rights of all workers are protected, without discrimination, in recognition of specific needs and rights. body of migrant workers.
The eight human rights experts who made this statement will receive their mandate from the UN Dong Nhan Quyen Association, located in Geneva.
They monitor and report on specific issues of global concern, including human trafficking, contemporary forms of slavery, human rights of migrants and the implementation of United Nations principles on human rights. business and human rights.
The professionals operate in their own capacity and are not employees of the United Nations nor are they paid for their work.