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

Traffickers are exploiting a legal loophole to avoid serious punishment, even when they are caught. Pramod Acharya investigates.

#MeToo, say domestic <em>workers</em> 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 across the globe, writes Rothna Begum.

Gulf <em>migrant</em> <em>workers</em> 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 ...

Saudi Arabia 'expels more than 1,300 Ethiopians'

The New Arab & agencies

Saudi Arabia 'expels more than 1,300 Ethiopians'

Ethiopian officials say more than 70,000 people have returned home since Saudi Arabia ordered all undocumented migrants to leave in March.

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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 set a minimum wage of $200.

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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 ...

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

Qatar investigates alleged currency plot

A government spokesman said Qatar is investigating an alleged attempt to manipulate its currency during the early weeks of a Gulf political ...

Qatar appoints women to Shura Council for first time

The New Arab & agencies

Qatar appoints women to Shura Council for first time

Four woman will sit on the 45-strong council, which is responsible for discussing draft laws approved by the cabinet, general government policy ...

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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 ...

Famed Louvre name arrives in Abu Dhabi

The New Arab & agencies

Famed Louvre name arrives in Abu Dhabi

Ten years since France and the UAE agreed a deal for rights to the Louvre brand, VIPs on Wednesday celebrated the inauguration of the "global ...

Ugandan <em>workers</em> committing suicide in UAE at alarming rate

Robert Cusack

Ugandan workers committing suicide in UAE at alarming rate

Lawmakers have criticised the UAE for its appalling work conditions - leading to sky-rocketing suicide rates among migrant ...

Qatar to introduce its first ever minimum wage

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 ...

UK court rules against Saudi diplomat in slavery case

The New Arab & agencies

UK court rules against Saudi diplomat in slavery case

A UK court has ruled a former Saudi diplomat can be tried on allegations of trafficking and slavery of a domestic worker as he no longer had ...

The New Arab

Indian woman 'tortured, kept as slave' in Saudi Arabia

A video of an Indian woman working in Saudi Arabia tearfully begging to be rescued from alleged slave labour and abuse has gone viral in her home country this week.

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Group launches campaign to boycott UAE over rights violations

A rights group has launched a campaign to raise awareness about rampant human rights violations in the United Arab Emirates.

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Qatar affirms commitment to protect migrant labourers

Qatari authorities have said they are committed to protecting the safety of construction workers, after a rights group criticised ...

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Israel is detaining hundreds of asylum seekers without trial

A freedom of information request has revealed that Israeli authorities are bypassing judicial processes to detain asylum seekers for lengthy ...

India busts over 1,000 bogus job offers in UAE

The New Arab

India busts over 1,000 bogus job offers in UAE

“Of the 1,078 enquiries received till August 31 this year, only 73 job offers were found genuine,” said Dinesh Kumar, the Indian Embassy’s first ...

Roshan De Stone and David Suber

Crossing from Tunisia to Italy - 1980s vs. today

The stories of Tunisia's migrant workers and the difficulties they overcome in a world obsessed by borders and immigration ...

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 a racist ...

Saudi-led bloc doubles down on Qatar blockade demands

The New Arab

Saudi-led bloc doubles down on Qatar blockade demands

A Saudi-led alliance blockading Qatar on Sunday maintained that any compromise in the crisis is contingent on Doha agreeing to demands already ...

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 ...

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