Corporate liability, state responsibility, and labor rights intervention as a strategy to address a public health crisis: Developing a framework for protection of sugarcane workers in Nicaragua
METHODOLOGICAL APPROACH: Currently, La Isla Foundation is conducting a cross-disciplinary human rights study in western Nicaragua that utilizes the proposed framework as a baseline to establish the extent of legal compliance among the largest sugarcane producers and government enforcement legal protections. With consultation from local actors, researchers have designed a qualitative and quantitative investigation protocol that incorporates various research tools, including a survey questionnaire, focus groups, and semi-structured key informant interviews. Over the next few months, the study will be piloted in selected communities. After the pilot phase, researchers will evaluate the effectiveness of the legal framework in gauging the nature and extent of rights violations and its utility in developing appropriate strategies for redress.
Learning Areas:Other professions or practice related to public health
Public health or related laws, regulations, standards, or guidelines
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines
Public health or related research
Discuss the challenges encountered by civil society actors attempting to utilize a rights-based approach to reduce the prevalence and mitigate the effects of occupational illness in the sugar cane communities of western Nicaragua. Design a framework for protection of sugar cane workers and explores how such a framework could be implemented for the purposes strategic litigation, advocacy, and institutional reform. Analyze the lessons learned in the case of Nicaragua to broader legal trends and tensions encountered in debates concerning globalization and labor rights, particularly in the developing country context.
Keyword(s): Human Rights, International Public Health
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have worked in areas related to human rights protections across sectors for almost ten years, focusing on field work in the developing and post-conflict country contexts.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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