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A new social media group names and shames abusive employers to fight for justice for domestic workers in Lebanon, and to draw attention to the Kafala system.

Anti-kafala activists say the assault is "not an isolated nor singular account of unprovoked violence against a black migrant woman in Lebanon".

Protesters march for domestic workers' rights in Lebanon

Nicholas Frakes

Protesters march for domestic workers' rights in Lebanon

Society: Demonstrators marched in Lebanon calling for the protection of rights for domestic workers, who face increasing abuse by employers and recruitment agencies, writes Nicholas Frakes.

Abolish <em>Kafala</em>: Lebanon domestic workers protest 'slave like' conditions

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Abolish Kafala: Lebanon domestic workers protest 'slave like' conditions

Migrant domestic workers in Lebanon took to the streets on International Domestic Workers' Day to demand the end of the unjust Kafala ...

Sophia has more rights than Saudi Arabia's migrant workers

Amar Diwakar

Sophia has more rights than Saudi Arabia's migrant workers

Comment: Robot Sophia presents us with a future where robots are recognised as human, while migrants continue to toil with no basic rights, ...

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Saudi boss 'forced Filipina maid to drink bleach'

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.

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Ethiopians 'to replace' Filipino domestic workers amid Kuwait-Manila dispute

Ethiopian nationals will replace Filipino domestic workers in Kuwait, the Gulf state announced, after the Philippines banned its citizens from ...

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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 ...

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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'

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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 ...

Suspect in killing of Filipina maid interrogated in Lebanon

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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 ...

Lebanese suspect arrested over Filipina maid's freezer death

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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 ...

Kuwait urged to reform Filipino workers' rights

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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

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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 discriminatory measure targetting Asian labourers.

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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 ...

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 ...

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

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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 ...

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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, ...

ILO drops case against Qatar over migrant worker rights

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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 ...

Qatar to introduce its first ever minimum wage

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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 ...

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