» 06/08/2012, 00.00
Melani Manel Perera
Abuse of women migrant workers, Sri Lanka blocks 600 contracts with foreign agencies
Most are located in the Middle East, especially Saudi Arabia. Ministry of Foreign Employment and Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (Slbfe) offering training courses to send skilled workers abroad. Compared to last year, migrant workers down by 40%.
19/02/2016 11:58:00 BANGLADESH - SAUDI ARABIA
"Slave" workers in Saudi Arabia: We want to go home, enough ill-treatment
Last year Dhaka and Riyadh signed an agreement to send 120 thousand workers to Arabia. In 2015, 20,952 women left for Arabia, but many have already returned. They recounted stories of abuse and threats, domestic slaves by day, sex slaves by night. Saudi recruiter: "We love Bangladeshi women because they are Muslim and wear a headscarf."
17/03/2012 SAUDI ARABIA - PHILIPPINES
Saudi Arabia, 70% of Filipino domestic workers suffer physical and psychological violence
Revealed by research of the Committee on Overseas Workers Welfare. The cases of rape suffered by Filipino young people are on the agenda. To avoid an increase in wages, the government of Riyadh bans unskilled workers from the Philippines and Indonesia.
09/12/2015 SRI LANKA - SAUDI ARABIA
Riyadh suspends stoning of Sri Lankan domestic worker
The woman is the mother of two children. She was sentenced to death for adultery after having had an extra-marital affair. Her lover to receive 100 lashes. Deputy Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka: "The reopening of the case is a great victory." The Ministry will pay all legal costs.
13/11/2004 MIDDLE EAST
The difficult situation of domestic helpers in the Gulf
They are mostly Asian and Christian, abused, victims of violence and lacking in legal protection. Now their plight is on governments' agenda.
19/02/2007 SAUDI ARABIA
Children condemned to death and adults detained for years without charge
A Human Rights Watch commission conducted an official mission to Saudi Arabia and found that defendants and detainees suffered severe human rights violations. Trials are held behind closed doors and defendants have few rights. Women are subjected to constant male guardianship. Meanwhile migrant workers face a tough situation.
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