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
In Beijing, Domestic Workers Are Acting Out Their Tales
The plays that wind up getting performed emerge from group storytelling and are a form of people's theater. "This is a way to help household workers to stand up and make their voices heard," says the group's founder. "This is what I want."
Hong Kong treats domestic workers like slaves - Amnesty report
Thousands of Indonesian women face a life of domestic slavery in Hong Kong, a report by Amnesty International said on Thursday, accusing authorities of “inexcusable” inaction on the issue
Oman: Domestic Workers Trafficked, Trapped
(Beirut) – Many migrant domestic workers are trapped in abusive employment in Oman, their plight hidden behind closed doors, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Omani authorities should take immediate steps to reform the restrictive immigration system that binds migrant workers to their employers, provide domestic workers with labor law protections equal to those enjoyed by other workers, and investigate all situations of possible trafficking, forced labor, and slavery.