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Yesterday, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia inked an agreement that says Indonesian women working in Saudi homes will be able to keep their passports, communicate with their families, get paid monthly, and have time off. The new pact comes in the wake of years…
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Protect Domestic Workers From Abuse

“I woke up at 4:15 a.m.,” Asma said. “I was exhausted when I went to sleep at 10 p.m. I only had five minutes’ rest … I did not get any days off [or] salary.” Asma is one of an estimated 1.8 million women and girls in Indonesia who engage in domestic work…
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World Day Against Child Labor Highlights Exploitation in Domestic Work

(New York) – Governments should mark June 12, 2013, the World Day against Child Labor, by strengthening legal protections for the 15.5 million child domestic workers worldwide, Human Rights Watch said today. Governments should ratify the International…
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In March, Religious Affairs Minister Suryadharma Ali made headlines by announcing plans to ban skirts above the knee, calling such attire “pornographic.” That month, the speaker of the House of Representatives, Marzuki Alie, proclaimed: “There have been a…
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Ensure National Laws Comply; Enforce Rigorously

(Jakarta) – Indonesia’s ratification of the Migrant Workers Convention will bring new protections for millions of Indonesian migrant workers. The Indonesian parliament adopted the international treaty on April 12, 2012, without reservations in a plenary…
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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…
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At least nine Cambodian women died last year while performing domestic work in Malaysia. And the grim reality is that, without strong action by the Cambodian and Malaysian governments to rein in exploitative recruitment and employment practices, more…
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Anis Hidayah Receives the Alison Des Forges Award for Extraordinary Activism

Anis Hidayah was literally going into labor with her second child when she answered her phone, suspecting it would be a migrant worker needing her help. She was right. The woman had recently returned to Indonesia and said she was being extorted before…
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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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Asma - not her real name - left her village at age 13 to journey to Indonesia's capital, Jakarta. She had just graduated from elementary school, but was being pressured to marry a 23-year-old man. To avoid this, she allowed her cousin to arrange a job for…
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Government Should Stop Ignoring or Denying Exploitation

(Jakarta) - The Indonesian government is failing to protect children working as domestic workers from abuse and exploitation, Human Rights Watch said today in a new report. The report calls on the Indonesian government to grant fundamental labor rights to…
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Workers in the Shadows Abuse and Exploitation of Child Domestic Workers in Indonesia I. Summary Key Recommendations II. Methodology III. The Abuse and Exploitation of Child Domestic Workers–A Continuing Situation IV. Current Domestic Legal Framework…
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When I met 14-year-old Melati this July in Yogyakarta, she was looking for work. When her family could no longer afford the expense, Melati had been forced to drop out of school at age 12, unable to complete the nine years of education required by law.…
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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…
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 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…
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Judge Ignores Evidence in Case of Extreme Abuse against Indonesian Domestic Worker

(New York) – An appeals court should overturn a Riyadh court’s decision to drop charges against the Saudi employer who abused Nour Miyati, an Indonesian domestic worker, so severely she required several surgeries, including amputation of her toes and…
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Foreign domestic workers need rest, too

Today as many of us celebrate May Day with a break from our jobs, others in Singapore are expected to work through the day. In fact, foreign domestic workers often work through all holidays. Far too many of them work every day of the week, every week of…
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(Abu Dhabi) - When labor ministers from 22 Asian and Middle Eastern countries meet in Abu Dhabi this week to discuss Asian contract migrant workers, they should address widespread violations of migrant workers’ rights, Human Rights Watch said today. Both…