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In the latest incident of mistreatment of Filipino workers in the Middle East, a Saudi boss allegedly forced her maid to drink bleach, Manila said.

Ethiopian nationals will replace Filipino domestic workers in Kuwait, the Gulf state announced, after the Philippines banned its citizens from working in there following a murder of a maid.

Kuwait 'sentences Filipina maid murderers to death by hanging'

The New Arab & agencies

Kuwait 'sentences Filipina maid murderers to death by hanging'

A Lebanese-Syrian couple who murdered Filipina domestic worker Joanna Demafelis, whose body was found in a freezer earlier this year, have been reportedly sentenced to death by a Kuwaiti court

World Cup host Qatar to introduce labour complaint reform

The New Arab

World Cup host Qatar to introduce labour complaint reform

A new labour panel will be introduced to assess grievances by migrant workers in Qatar later this month, a major reform agreed by the Gulf ...

Thousands of Pakistanis languishing in Saudi jail 'without rights'

The New Arab & agencies

Thousands of Pakistanis languishing in Saudi jail 'without rights'

A joint report by two human rights groups has slammed the treatment of Pakistani workers in Saudi Arabia, saying criminal suspects in particular ...

Rothna Begum

The Middle East's women are championing their own change

Comment: Discrimination and violence against women remain pervasive and entrenched, but changes are a credit to the region's women human rights defenders, writes Human Rights Watch's Rothna Begum.

The New Arab & agencies

Suspect in killing of Filipina maid interrogated in Lebanon

Lebanese officials say authorities in Beirut are interrogating a man who is suspected in the death of a Filipina maid whose body was found ...

The New Arab & agencies

Lebanese suspect arrested over Filipina maid's freezer death

One suspect has been arrested over the gruesome death of a Filipina maid in Kuwait, which has escalated a diplomatic rift between the two ...

The New Arab

Kuwait urged to reform Filipino workers' rights

Human Rights Watch has urged Kuwait to give better protections for migrant workers, as a Philippines government discusses with government ...

Kuwait hits back at Duterte's ban on Filipino workers

The New Arab & agencies

Kuwait hits back at Duterte's ban on Filipino workers

Kuwait's foreign minister on Tuesday condemned what he called an "escalation" by Manila after the Philippines expanded a ban on its nationals ...

Karim Traboulsi

Saudi move to fine 'foul-smelling labourers' denounced as discriminatory

A Saudi move to slap hefty fines and even jail foul-smelling worshippers at mosques is facing backlash from many who see the plan as a ...

Dubai man, 62, accused of raping domestic worker

The New Arab

Dubai man, 62, accused of raping domestic worker

A domestic worker of Filipino origin was allegedly raped by her 62-year-old employer in Dubai, according to a police report, raising concerns ...

#MeToo, say domestic workers in the Middle East

Rothna Begum

#MeToo, say domestic workers in the Middle East

Comment: While the #MeToo outcry is exposing sexual harassment mostly in the West, we must remember that abuse, often by employers, happens ...

Gulf migrant workers are being abused in complete silence

Fadi al-Qadi

Gulf migrant workers are being abused in complete silence

Comment: Migrant workers across the Gulf suffer abuse and inhumane conditions imposed by their employers in the absence of serious governmental ...

Qatar sets $200 minimum wage for migrant workers

The New Arab & agencies

Qatar sets $200 minimum wage for migrant workers

World Cup 2022 host Qatar has come under heavy criticism for its treatment of foreign workers. In its latest labour overhaul, authorities have ...

The New Arab

HRW slams treatment of Tanzanian domestic workers in Gulf

Human Rights Watch have described the horrific treatment of Tanzanian domestic workers in the Gulf states the UAE and Oman, detailing incidences of 'beatings, exploitation, harassment'.

Tom Charles

UK courting UAE despite human rights alarm

Comment: For the UK, cultural ties, such as the British Council-UAE collaboration act as a lubricant to facilitate the easy flow of capital, ...

The New Arab & agencies

ILO drops case against Qatar over migrant worker rights

World Cup host Qatar has agreed to far-reaching labour reforms to improve conditions for migrant workers, after coming under pressure from the ...

The New Arab & agencies

Qatar to introduce its first ever minimum wage

Workers' groups hail a 'genuine breakthrough' in Qatar's labour laws amid ongoing pressure to improve conditions in the run to the 2022 World ...

Saudi women driving is just the beginning

Diana Alghoul

Saudi women driving is just the beginning

Blog: The lifting of the ban is rightly time to celebrate, but it is also a chance to evaluate the inclusivity of the campaign, writes Diana ...

Diana Alghoul

Why #StopEnslavingSaudiWomen is racist

It is hypocritical to talk about racism, classism and to condemn the kafala system yet allow other fellow Arab feminists to perpetuate ...

Saudi to ban expats from working at grocery stores

The New Arab

Saudi to ban expats from working at grocery stores

In a climate that is becoming increasingly hostile to expats, this move could put poorer, more vulnerable workers in Saudi Arabia at risk.

Meeting Lebanon's slaves

Alessandra Bajec

Meeting Lebanon's slaves

In-depth: Slave labour remains common practice among migrant domestic workers in Lebanon, whose death rate has doubled as a result of suicides ...

Meeting Lebanon's slaves

Alessandra Bajec

Meeting Lebanon's slaves

In-depth: Slave labour remains common practice among migrant domestic workers in Lebanon, whose death rate has doubled as a result of suicides ...

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