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Land of Blue HelmetsThe United Nations and the Arab World$
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Karim Makdisi and Vijay Prashad

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780520286931

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520286931.001.0001

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The International Labour Organization and Workers’ Rights in the Arab Region

The International Labour Organization and Workers’ Rights in the Arab Region

The Need to Return to Basics

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(p.448) Twenty-One The International Labour Organization and Workers’ Rights in the Arab Region
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Land of Blue Helmets
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Walid Hamdan

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520286931.003.0022

This chapter examines the role of the International Labor Organization (ILO) in addressing workers' rights in the Arab region. Founded in 1919, ILO is the United Nations specialized agency that seeks the promotion of social justice and internationally recognized human and labor rights. It stands out within the UN system by having a tripartite structure representing the voice and interests not only of governments but also of workers' organizations and employers' organizations. This chapter first provides an overview of ILO's work and interventions in the Arab states since 2010 before assessing the extent to which the organization was able to reflect its principles and conventions through its interventions in the Arab region. It also discusses ILO's approach by considering its response to the Arab uprisings as well as its competition with other international organizations for donor funds to increase its portfolio. The chapter concludes with suggestions for improving ILO's role in the Arab region.

Keywords:   workers' rights, International Labor Organization, Arab region, United Nations, social justice, Arab states, Arab uprisings, donor funds

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