HUMAN RIGHTS IN THE ACCOMMODATION SECTOR
RESPECTING PEOPLE’S PERSONAL LIVES, LIVELIHOODS, BELIEFS AND CULTURES
SUMMARY OF UNIVERSAL RIGHTS
Everyone has the right to privacy where they live, within their family and with their correspondence.
Nobody should be subject to attacks or accusations that may harm their reputation, everyone is presumed innocent until proven guilty, and has the right to defend themselves against accusations at an impartial hearing.
Everybody has the right to own possessions and property, and to only share them if they wish to do so.
Everyone has the right to participate in the cultural, artistic and scientific aspects of their community.
Everyone is entitled to hold intellectual property rights for their scientific, written or artistic creations. Nobody can copy or take someone’s original creations without their permission.
HOW THIS APPLIES TO TRAVELIFE CERTIFIED MEMBERS
You should have procedures in place that prevent any type of abuse or harassment at your place of work and provide training on human rights to your staff.
Your must have personal grievance procedures in place and any employees that harass or abuse other people must face appropriate disciplinary procedures.
The operations of your business should not prevent your staff or your community from participating in their cultural traditions, and should protect these traditions and way of life.
Educate your guests about how to interact with local cultures in a respectful way.
All staff must be able to use toilet, bathing and changing facilities that are private, safe and secure. Staff accommodation must have doors that staff can lock and in shared accommodation, there must be a secure place for each staff member to store their personal possessions. Staff must be allowed to enjoy their accommodation without interference and any inspections must be carried out with proper notice to ensure their privacy is not disturbed.
You must provide a secure place for staff to store personal items when they are on duty.
You should respect intellectual property by not copying, appropriating, trading or otherwise using the original creations or important artefacts of an individual or indigenous culture.
Ensure you do not sell local artefacts of cultural or historical importance, or seeking the input from indigenous representatives on incorporating indigenous art, food or music into your business.