ITUC Global Rights Index: 2016 worst year on record for attacks on freedom of speech and assembly

ITUC global rights index

Worker rights continue to deteriorate globally, in the worst year on record for attacks on freedom of speech and assembly.

The ITUC Global Rights Index ranks 141 countries against 97 internationally recognised indicators to assess where workers’ rights are best protected, in law and in practice. Its findings show that in 2016, restrictions on freedom of speech and assembly, including severe crackdowns in some countries, increased by 22%. In total, 50 out of 141 countries surveyed recorded restrictions.

Rights in Europe - traditionally the best-performing region in the Index - continue to deteriorate, as many governments combine failing austerity policies with increasing restrictions on worker protections and freedoms. The failure of most European countries to fulfill their obligations to refugees, including the right to work, only serves to make the problem worse, argues the ITUC.

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