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HRW condemns worker abuse in Mideast

HRW condemns worker abuse in Mideast

Human Rights Watch has urged Jordan, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia to do more to protect domestic workers amid fresh allegations of employers there abusing their Sri Lankan maids.
Tuesday's statement from the New York-based group comes after several Sri Lankan workers accused their Jordanian, Saudi and Kuwaiti employers of driving nails into their bodies or forcing them to swallow nails.
Human Rights Watch said the allegations indicate a "broader pattern of abuse."
It urged governments to create a mechanism for domestic workers to report abuse as soon as it happens, rather than after returning to Sri Lanka.
Jordan included domestic workers under the country's 2008 labor law but enforcement remains a problem. The rights group says neither Kuwait nor Saudi Arabia have legal protections for domestic workers.


Updated : 2021-10-17 04:42 GMT+08:00