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The ongoing coronavirus pandemic underlines the urgent need for safety nets for domestic workers.

Few workers have cause to celebrate May 1, International Workers' Day, this year. COVID-19 has been accompanied by another pandemic - of job loss and economic insecurity. Domestic workers, primarily women, have particularly precarious jobs and often do…
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(Tunis) – Morocco should take steps to ensure compliance with its new domestic workers law, which took effect on October 2, 2018, Human Rights Watch said today. The authorities should ensure that there are robust labor inspections, provide…
A domestic worker in Casablanca, Morocco, in 2017. © 2017 AIC Press
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Respond to Youth Demands, Gain Respect in the World

(Beirut) – Middle East and North Africa (MENA) governments can respond to the popular demands of the region’s youth for reform by implementing five changes in 2018 to arbitrary, outdated legal systems that infringe upon citizens’ rights and liberties,…
Demonstration outside Parliament on December 6, 2016, with women in white dresses and wrapped in bandages, calling for the repeal of article 522 of the penal code.
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Key Protections, but Significant Gaps Remain

(Tunis) – Morocco’s new law regulating work for domestic workers could help protect thousands of women and girls from exploitation and abuse, Human Rights Watch said today. The new law was adopted by the House of Representatives on July 26, 2016, and will…
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“Maria,” a Ugandan worker, paid $400 in 2013 to an agency in the United Arab Emirates that promised her a job in a mall in Dubai. Instead, the agency placed her as a domestic worker with half the salary she had been promised. Maria told me that her…
A female employer and her children are accompanied by their domestic worker, back right, as they walk through The Avenues, an indoor luxury shopping center in Kuwait City.
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Ratify Treaty, Bring National Law Up to International Standards

(Beirut) – The Moroccan parliament should revise a draft law on the legal protections for domestic workers so that it complies with international standards, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to Labor Minister Abdeslam Seddiki. The draft law,…
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Legal Advances in Two Dozen Countries Globally as New Treaty Enters Into Force

(Montevideo) – The Middle East depends heavily on domestic workers but trails other regions in adopting critical reforms to protect their rights, the International Domestic Workers Network (IDWN), the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), and…
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“If I looked nice, he hit me,” Ana L., a mother of five in Colombia, told me. Ana (not her real name) detailed years of abuse by her partner. He beat her when she was pregnant, and hit her head so hard that she suffered permanent vision damage. She sought…
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  “If I looked nice, he hit me,” Ana L., a mother of five in Colombia, told me. Ana (not her real name) detailed years of abuse by her partner. He beat her when she was pregnant, and hit her head so hard that she suffered permanent vision damage. She…
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Lonely Servitude Child Domestic Labor in Morocco Summary Under-Age Employment Deceptive Intermediaries Abusive and Exploitative Working Conditions Progress …
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Beatings, Little Pay or Rest, Weak Enforcement of Child Labor Laws

(Rabat) – Girls as young as 8 endure physical abuse and work long hours for little pay as domestic workers in Morocco. The 73-page report, “Lonely Servitude: Child Domestic Labor in Morocco,” found that some child domestic workers – who are overwhelmingly…
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Negotiations Concluding on Domestic Worker Convention

(Geneva) - Governments, trade unions, and employers' organizations should combat child labor by adopting a new international treaty on the rights of domestic workers, Human Rights Watch said today in advance of the World Day Against Child Labor, June 12.…
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Report Spotlights Violence and Slavelike Conditions in 12 Countries

(Jakarta) – Domestic workers face a wide range of grave abuses and labor exploitation, including physical and sexual abuse, forced confinement, non-payment of wages, denial of food and health care and excessive working hours with no rest days,…
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Swept Under the Rug Abuses against Domestic Workers Around the World I. Introduction Best and worst government practices Key recommendations To Labor Ministries To Heads of State and Government, and…
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Girls Working as Domestics Denied Basic Rights

Tens of thousands of girls working as domestics in Morocco face physical and psychological abuse as well as economic exploitation, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Moroccan law denies these children basic labor rights, and the…
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Inside the Home, Outside the Law Abuse of Child Domestic Workers in Morocco I.Summary Methods II. Recommendations To the Moroccan Government To the Parliament To the Ministry of Employment and Professional Development To the Ministry of…
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A letter to the Human Rights Committee of the United Nations regarding violations of women’s property rights in Kenya to assist in their review of Kenya’s second periodic report on its compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political…