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Further Labor Reforms Needed to Stop Abuses, Meet Global Standards

(New York) – The decision by Singapore’s Manpower Ministry to grant foreign domestic workers a weekly rest day is an important reform but falls short of international standards, Human Rights Watch said today. The changes, announced on March 5, 2012, go…
Being forced into domestic servitude is one of the most common forms of human trafficking. Yet it remains one of the most invisible, including meager media coverage and law enforcement efforts. On June 27, the US State Department released its Trafficking…

 Walls at
 Every Turn
 Abuse of
 Migrant Domestic Workers through Kuwait’s Sponsorship System
 Migration of Domestic Workers to Kuwait…

 Slow Reform
 Protection of Migrant Domestic Workers in Asia and the
 Middle East
 Recommendations to Governments of Labor-Receiving Countries
 To Labor
 Ministries and Parliaments

Government Should Immediately Abolish Sponsorship System

(New York) - Saudi Arabia should immediately implement its proposed reform to the kafala sponsorship system and extend labor protections to domestic workers, Human Rights Watch said today. The government has considered these measures for years without…

Key Reforms Stalled, Few Remedies for Slavery-Like Conditions

(Jakarta) - Saudi Arabia should implement labor, immigration, and criminal justice reforms to protect domestic workers from serious human rights abuses that in some cases amount to slavery, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released today. Employers…

 I. Summary
 Initially I got 400
 riyals as my monthly salary.  Every two
 years they increased it by 100 or 200 riyals. 
 By the end I earned 700 riyals [$182][1] per month…. On top of my salary they gave
 me some extra…

Migrants’ Groups Call for Key Reforms

To participants in the Colombo process, including governments in Asia and the Middle East, and the International Organization for Migration (IOM): We, the undersigned groups, represent migrants’ associations, trade unions, human rights groups, and other…

Migrants’ Groups Call for Key Reforms on International Migrants Day

(New York) - Governments in Asia and the Middle East must take stronger action to fight rampant abuse against migrant workers, several migrants’ and human rights groups said in a joint letter on the eve of December 18, International Migrants’ Day. Tens…

 Swept Under the Rug
 Abuses against
 Domestic Workers Around the World
 I. Introduction
 Best and
 worst government practices
 To Labor Ministries
 To Heads of State and Government, and…

Report Spotlights Violence and Slavelike Conditions in 12 Countries

Click to expand Image In Malang, Indonesia, prospective domestic…

Migrant Women Face Debt Burden and Exploitation

(Singapore) - Women migrant domestic workers in Singapore suffer grave abuses including physical and sexual violence, food deprivation, and confinement in the workplace, said Human Rights Watch in a new report released today. At least 147 migrant…

Torture, Unfair Trials and Forced Confinement Pervasive

(London) - In Saudi Arabia foreign workers—who comprise one-third of the kingdom’s population—face torture, forced confessions and unfair trials when they are accused of crimes, Human Rights Watch said today in a report that offers a rare glimpse into the…

Asian Women Migrant Workers on Death Row

(New York) The government of Saudi Arabia should impose a moratorium on executions until all death penalty cases are independently reviewed, Human Rights Watch said today. The review should also examine practices of the justice and interior ministries…