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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can respond to the popular demands of the region’s youth for reform by implementing five changes in 2018 to arbitrary, outdated legal systems that infringe upon citizens’ rights and liberties,…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.

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…

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…

Decision to Block a Group’s Funding Sends Chilling Message

(Beirut) – Jordan’s government is violating the right to freedom of association by denying, without explanation, a civil society organization permission to accept foreign funding, Human Rights Watch said today. The cabinet’s June 27, 2012 decision against…
His Excellency Dr. Fayez al-Tarawneh Prime Minister Amman Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan   Your Excellency, Greetings on the start of Ramadan. Human Rights Watch is writing to express our deep concerns regarding the cabinet’s recent rejection of foreign…

Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way

The fate of millions of migrant workers in the Middle East has been all but forgotten amid the Arab Spring. Migrant domestic workers, the nannies and housekeepers from Sri Lanka, the Philippines, and Indonesia, desperately need another revolution. These…

 Despite significant legal reforms in recent years, the

 chances of a migrant domestic worker (MDW) having all her human rights

 respected and protected in…

Regional Leader in Legislative Reform Fails to Follow Up

(Amman) – Jordan needs to enforce the legal protections for migrant domestic workers it has put in place over the past three years, Human Rights Watch and the Tamkeen Center for Legal Aid said in a joint report issued today. New laws and regulations since…
H.E. Prime Minister Samir al-Rifai Prime Minister's Office Amman - Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan Re: Urgent Provision of Housing Needed for Sri Lankan Domestic Workers   Dear Prime Minister Samir al-Rifai, Human Rights Watch writes to request that your…

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Millions of Domestic Workers Lack Adequate Legal Protection

Governments in the Middle East should act quickly in 2009 to fulfill longstanding promises to protect migrant women’s rights, said Human Rights Watch today, ahead of December 18, 2008, International Migrants’ Day. A number of governments have promised…