Amnesty International slams Lebanon’s kafala system

BEIRUT: Lebanon’s kafala sponsorship system has increased the risk that employees are subject to extensive violations, including sexual abuse and labor exploitation, Amnesty International has found.

The human rights watchdog’s report, released Wednesday, comes at the same time as a new campaign to reform the country’s legal framework for migrant domestic workers.

Amnesty researchers interviewed 32 women who came to Lebanon as migrant workers from Ethiopia, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Madagascar and Ivory Coast. Under Lebanese law, the residency of foreign workers is tied to the sponsorship of their Lebanese employers, and they are not subject to many of the protections of Lebanese labor law.

English | April 25, 2020



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