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Human Rights Watch has urged Kuwait to give better protections for migrant workers, as a Philippines government discusses with government officials possible reforms to end a diplomatic crisis.

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

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

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.

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 ...

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 monitoring or intervention, writes Fadi al-Qadi.

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 ...

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

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 ...

Why #StopEnslavingSaudiWomen is racist

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 ...

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 or attempted escapes, reports Alessandra Bajec.

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 ...

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 ...

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.

Domestic workers death rate 'doubles' in Lebanon

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 ...

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 ...

Saudi laws oppressing women must be abolished, not relaxed

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 ...

Hundreds of 'tortured' Bangladeshi women flee Saudi Arabia

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...

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