In recent years, the “sponsorship system” (kafala) in Lebanon and in other countries in the region has
been identified as a core problem
leading to the exploitation and abuse
of migrant domestic workers.
Previous studies published by KAFA
(enough) Violence & Exploitation
have argued that “sponsorship” is
one root cause for migrant domestic
workers’ vulnerability to forced labor, physical and sexual abuse, as well as trafficking.
This summer Arab countries, and especially Gulf States, took a step towards labour equality when they supported an International Labour Organisation convention calling for the protection of migrant workers. Gulf contributions to the dialogue were welcome and overdue.
(Geneva) – The adoption by the International Labor Organization (ILO) on June 16, 2011, of a new, groundbreaking treaty to extend key labor protections to domestic workers will protect millions of people who have been without guarantees of their basic rights, Human Rights Watch said today. Governments, trade unions, and employers’ organizations that make up the ILO overwhelmingly voted to adopt the ILO Convention on Decent Work for Domestic Workers, which establishes the first global standards for the estimated 50 to 100 million domestic workers worldwide, the vast majority of whom are women and girls.
بإختصار وبلا كتير لت وعجن٫ كل مرة بكون راجع فيها من برا لبنان عا لبنان ويطلع معي مواطن/نة من جنسية أسيوية أو أفريقية بعتل ستة مليون هم وبصير عم فكر كيف بدي خبرو وخبرها عن شو يكون معقول ناطرهم/هن ببلد السلام والعصافير يلي بتزقزق والتزلج والسباحة من عنصرية وإستغلال وسوء معاملة وضرب ،تحرش جنسي وعدم دفع معاش وهلم جرى
(Washington, DC) – Governments across the Middle East should reform the kafala (sponsorship) system that gives sponsoring employers substantial control over workers and leaves workers vulnerable to situations of trafficking and forced labor, Human Rights Watch said today. The US State Department’s annual Trafficking in Persons report, released today, ranked several countries in the region in its two lowest possible categories for efforts to combat human trafficking.
(New York) – Kuwaiti lawmakers should include domestic workers under a major new labor law, Human Rights Watch said today. The draft law would toughen penalties for private companies that abuse their workers, but would not extend its protections to the country’s 600,000 migrant domestic workers. The law is scheduled for a vote in the National Assembly on December 6, 2009.