The tourism and hospitality sector has been key to the development of the Cuban economy for decades. It is one of the essential economic pillars in the Cuban system, and one where foreign multinational corporations operate in partnership with State-owned companies to provide their services. As in many other geographical contexts, the Cuban tourism and hospitality sector has been associated with risks of labour exploitation, discrimination, and other human rights concerns.
This report is the result of an analysis undertaken by BIICL as part of the project: 'Human Rights Responsibilities of multinational enterprises and States in the Cuban tourism sector'. The analysis relies on the relevant international and regional human rights treaties, ILO Conventions, the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, as well as domestic legislation.
The report addresses:
- The State duty to protect the human rights of workers
- The corporate responsibility to respect the human rights of workers
- Access to workers to remedies for corporate-related human rights abuses