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Bahrain mulls rights law for domestic staff

Bahrain could follow Kuwait’s lead by adopting a dedicated law that protects the rights of domestic staff, a report said. Legislation passed by Kuwait’s National Assembly last month grants domestic workers the right to

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Qatar still failing migrant workers – Amnesty

Qatar, host nation of the 2022 Fifa World Cup, is still doing little to improve conditions for migrant workers despite promising reform last year, Amnesty International said on Wednesday. Amnesty said in a briefing that little had

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Bahrain mulls amnesty plan for migrant workers

A general amnesty for undocumented migrant workers living illegally in Bahrain is expected to be announced soon. The Labour Ministry has confirmed that it is working on a proposal for a two or three-month grace period when illegal

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New novel puts spotlight on expat workers

An Indian surgeon based in Bahrain, has launched his debut novel, 'Algebra of Hope' which deals with the exploitation being faced by migrant workers in the Middle East. Dr Ranjit Divakaran, a maxillofacial surgeon at the King Ha

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Payout over expat worksite deaths urged

Campaigners are calling on the government to introduce an official compensation scheme for expatriate workers killed in Bahrain as a result of their job. It follows the deaths of two Asian men a week ago today, when explosives wer

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New laws to protect migrant workers in Bahrain

Bahrain is set to improve its labour legislation to ensure decent work for all migrant workers in a bid to protect their rights, said a senior government official. Labour Minister Jameel Humaidan said the country was set to activate a memo

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New push to protect Bahrain expats

A call has gone out for governments of expatriate workers to further ensure they are fit to work or arrive in Bahrain through legal channels. The move is becoming increasingly urgent as the number of expats in the country is rising, said M

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Bahrain urged to back key ILO rule

A local human rights group has called on Bahrain to support a new International Labour Organisation (ILO) convention on domestic workers. The Bahrain Human Rights Watch Society (BHRWS) has sent a letter to Labour Minister Dr Majeed Al Alaw

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Mideast, Asia reforms ‘fail migrant workers’

Reforms by Middle Eastern and Asian governments have failed to meet minimum protection measures in addressing abuses against migrant domestic workers and millions remain at risk, a human rights group said on Wednesday. Migrant workers comp

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Gulf states must end sponsorship system: UN

Gulf countries must end their sponsorship system for migrant workers that leaves labourers beholden to employers and exposed to potential abuse, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Monday. "Reports concerning this region cons

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