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

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.

Libya opens investigation into migrant 'slave auctions'

The New Arab & agencies

Libya opens investigation into migrant 'slave auctions'

Libya's UN-backed government says it will investigate the operation of 'slave markets' following the release of shocking footage from an alleged slave auction.

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 ...

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 Cup.

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 ...

The New Arab

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.

Tajana Tadić

In the depths of Calais, the return of trenchfoot

Comment: A century after the First World War, trench foot has returned to northern France, but it is refugees, not soldiers, being forced to ...

UAE princesses handed jail sentences for abusing domestic workers

The New Arab

UAE princesses handed jail sentences for abusing domestic workers

A Belgian court found the princesses guilty in absentia and ordered them to pay large fines for their treatment of the domestic servants almost ...

Yousef Khalil

No, The Handmaid's Tale isn't a warning about Muslims

Comment: Conservatives' criticism of The Handmaid's Tale reflects their lack of introspection, and a blinkered understanding of Islam, writes ...

Hundreds of protesters demand end to <em>slavery</em> in Mauritania

The New Arab

Hundreds of protesters demand end to slavery in Mauritania

Hundreds have marched for the rights of former slaves in Mauritania and to denounce injustice against them in the country where slavery ...

Egypt's al-Azhar challenged amid pressure to reform

The New Arab

Egypt's al-Azhar challenged amid pressure to reform

Al-Azhar, Egypt's top Islamic authority, has been at the centre of a messy collision between politics and theology since President Abdel Fattah ...

Mexicans and Muslims in the US: Pioneers to pariahs

Otman Aitlkaboud

Mexicans and Muslims in the US: Pioneers to pariahs

Comment: They were the trailblazers and the indigenous; now they are the scapegoats and the demonised, writes Otman Aitlkaboud.

Meeting Abu Hafs: Morocco's radical cleric-turned-rights campaigner

Ilhem Rachidi

Meeting Abu Hafs: Morocco's radical cleric-turned-rights campaigner

Q&A: 'Terror sheikh' Abu Hafs tells The New Arab he is walking a new path of tolerance after jail release.

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 suggestions it could follow suit.

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 ...

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 ...

Sophia Akram

GCC must reform laws to end trafficking

Comment: Reform of laws governing the rights of migrant domestic workers is painfully slow - a consequence of insufficient political will and a ...

Amal Clooney to fight for Yazidi women in court

The New Arab

Amal Clooney to fight for Yazidi women in court

Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney has said she will represent Yazidi women enslaved by the Islamic State group in future court cases against the ...

The New Arab

Morocco changes law to allow teenage domestic workers

A new law in Morocco allows 16-year-olds to work as domestic workers. Human rights groups say the minimum age should be 18 to avoid abuse and ...

Saudi gives Salafism a PR makeover after 'extremist hijacking'

Paul McLoughlin

Saudi gives Salafism a PR makeover after 'extremist hijacking'

Analysis: The town Wahhabism began is about to experience a major overhaul. Is this an attempt by Riyadh to give the ultra-conservative Islamic ...

Qatar's cabinet backs changes to 'kafala' labour system

AAAJ and agencies

Qatar's cabinet backs changes to 'kafala' labour system

Qatar is to change the 'kafala' system for foreign workers, long criticised by human rights groups, local media reported on Wednesday.

The global crisis of child labour

Sheeffah Shiraz

The global crisis of child labour

Almost 170 million youths around the world are trapped in child labour, as World Day Against Child Labour looks into efforts to annihilate the ...

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