Italy: UN envoy calls Italy out for its treatment of migrant workers and workplace safety practices

The UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights criticised Italian authorities for actions that “tarnish the reputation of Italy in the field of business and human rights and should be immediately addressed to protect the rights of individuals in highly vulnerable positions”.

The comments came following a 10-day visit by the group. Some key concerns raised include the inhumane treatment of the many migrant workers residing in Italy, the recurring clash between industrial-economic development priorities and environmental protection, and the issue of workplace safety.

The latter is a particularly sore point for the Italian government: almost 800 people have died in the workplace since the beginning of 2021. Six of them were killed on 29 September alone, sparking outrage and calls for a serious revisiting of the current penalties for companies that do not adequately protect their workers.

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