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

Comment: Migrant workers across the Gulf suffer abuse and inhumane conditions imposed by their employers in the absence of serious governmental monitoring or intervention, writes Fadi al-Qadi.

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 set a minimum wage of $200.

HRW slams treatment of Tanzanian domestic workers in Gulf

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 ...

UK courting UAE despite human rights alarm

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 International Labour Organisation and human rights groups.

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 ...

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.

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 ...

Saudi slaps migrant worker for eating during Ramadan

Diana Alghoul

Saudi slaps migrant worker for eating during Ramadan

“You dog! In Ramadan?” the man screamed at a visibly terrified worker before slapping him across the face, in the latest attack on a migrant ...

Weekends for maids means forbidden sexcapades, says UAE lawmaker

The New Arab

Weekends for maids means forbidden sexcapades, says UAE lawmaker

Female domestic workers should not be allowed to have weekends off because they will have unlawful sexual relations and become pregnant, an ...

Three workers die on Qatari army construction site

The New Arab

Three workers die on Qatari army construction site

No details given about the incident at the Qatari army camp, which left several other workers injured.

The New Arab

Domestic workers death rate 'doubles' in Lebanon

Migrant workers in Lebanon are dying at a rate of two every week, Lebanon's intelligence agency says, as rights for domestic employees in the country continue to stagnate.

The New Arab

Kuwait 'deported tens of thousands of expats' in 2016-2017

Two-thousand expats were deported from Kuwait in the first quarter of 2017 alone, while between 19 and 29 thousand were made to leave the ...

Diana Alghoul

Saudi laws oppressing women must be abolished, not relaxed

The Saudi move to relax male guardianship laws that restricted women's movements is commendable, but it is only a small step towards women's ...

Diana Alghoul

Hundreds of 'tortured' Bangladeshi women flee Saudi Arabia

The Bangladeshi embassy in Riyadh estimates that there are around 329 women seeking refuge inside the embassy waiting to return home after ...

Saudi Snapchatter targets and terrifies 'black magic' housemaids

Diana Alghoul

Saudi Snapchatter targets and terrifies 'black magic' housemaids

Blog: The 'interrogator' is called in when a domestic worker is suspected to have placed a curse on the household...

The New Arab & agencies

British worker latest Qatar World Cup stadium construction fatality

A British man has died while working on the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup stadium, putting the Gulf state's treatment of migrant workers into the ...

Saudi Arabia dismisses talk of migrant labour reforms

The New Arab

Saudi Arabia dismisses talk of migrant labour reforms

Qatar and Bahrain recently announced plans to reform their migrant labour laws in the face of criticism. But on Sunday Riyadh baulked at ...

Deportation of activist signals change for Lebanon's migrant workers

Clare Maxwell

Deportation of activist signals change for Lebanon's migrant workers

In-depth: Approximately 250,000 women live in Lebanon as migrant domestic workers. But activists in migrant communities are uniting against ...

Qatar defends labour reforms despite human rights group criticism

The New Arab

Qatar defends labour reforms despite human rights group criticism

The Qatari government has responded to claims that the latest labour reforms may not provide sufficient protection for the country's migrant ...

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