Missing Ugandan maid fuels fears of abuse in Saudi Arabia
Uganda recently banned the recruitment of its nationals as domestic workers in Saudi Arabia after reports of abuse
Sixth of Hong Kong domestic workers are victims of forced labour - experts
Study finds they work over 70 hours a week, yet only fraction reports receiving above the minimum monthly wage
Modern slavery widespread among East Asia migrant domestic workers - researchers
A survey found 60 percent of respondents had had their movements restricted or been abused
Uganda brings maids home from Saudi Arabia after abuse complaints
It is the second time that Uganda had banned the movement of domestic staff to Saudia Arabia after a similar move in 2014
Sri Lanka urges Saudi not to stone to death maid for adultery
Sri Lanka's Foreign Employment Bureau has hired lawyers and has appealed against the case
Domestic worker from Myanmar rescues sister from decade of slavery
Many employers think they are generous for taking in poor women to do household chores in exchange for only room and board
Saudi Arabia: Steps Toward Migrant Workers' Rights
But Reforms Exclude Domestic Workers, Discriminate Against Women
(Beirut) – Saudi Arabia's recent labor reforms may help curb rampant abuses, but they exclude domestic workers and institutionalize bias against women.
Since October 18, 2015, when a package of 38 amendments to the Labor Law went into effect, the Labor Ministry has issued directives introducing or raising fines for employers who violate regulations. These include prohibitions on confiscating migrant workers' passports, failing to pay salaries on time, and failing to provide copies of contracts to employees. However, domestic workers, mostly migrant women who work in family homes, are still excluded from the Labor Law and its enforcement mechanisms. And some of the new regulations institutionalize discrimination against women.
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‘Tied visas’ and inadequate labour protections: a formula for abuse and exploitation of migrant domestic workers in the United Kingdom
Domestic work is inherently precarious employment sector with number of aspects that automatically place workers in vulnerable position
Lebanon: Pledge Action on Rights
UN Review is an Opportunity for Progress on Promised Reforms
(Beirut) – The government of Lebanon should use the United Nations Human Rights Council review of its record to pledge concrete measures to address its longstanding human rights issues.
Lebanon will appear for the country's second Universal Periodic Review on November 2, 2015, at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. Lebanon accepted many recommendations following its first review in 2010 but has failed to make progress on many of them.
"Lebanon missed many opportunities in the last five years to finally move forward on its human rights record," said Nadim Houry, deputy Middle East director. "As the country's challenges add up, it can't afford to procrastinate or delay essential reforms to end impunity and ensure basic rights for many margina