A new work contract allowing foreign domestic workers to resign while keeping their passport has brought Lebanon a step closer to the end of the exploitative kafala system, but campaigners have been wary of undue celebration.
The pandemic underlined flawed labor migration systems with myriad avenues for abuse. The most notorious is the “ kafala ” sponsorship system in the GCC, Lebanon, and Jordan.
Lebanon has approved a new work contract that gives foreign domestic workers the rights to keep their passport and resign, but activists say much more remains to be done to end abuses.
Why is Qatar still getting to a host a World Cup? Why, after all that has happened, after all that is still happening, is there no momentum to strip the tiny petrostate of the privilege to put on the 2022 FIFA World Cup?
The group of 18 left Beirut on Sunday and Monday in batches of nine and were expected in Nairobi by Tuesday, closing a chapter that has dented Kenya's image abroad after reports emerged that officials at the Lebanon consulate were mistreating needy women.
Lebanon has approved a new work contract allowing foreign domestic workers to resign and keep hold of their own passport, but activists say the exploitative ‘kafala’ system remains in place. The economic crisis-hit Mediterranean country is home to around 250,000 migrants, mostly women from Africa and Asia, who toil away in people's homes as housekeepers, carers or nannies. They are not protected by the country's labour law, but instead work under a set of laws, policies and customs called kafala, repeatedly slammed by rights groups as allowing a wide range of abuse.
Ms Wambui has experienced sexual harassment, insults and slavery. She ended up at the Kenyan consulate in Beirut, where she sought help to travel back home. Her boss was forced to pass on her passport.
The young Nigerian woman had been injured in the Aug. 4 Beirut blast, which ripped through the Lebanese capital, killing 190 people injuring a further 6,500 and damaging 40 percent of the city. However, it’s not her injuries keeping her in Lebanon but a restrictive and abusive system of migrants laws.
This year, Qatar announced new laws to abolish the #Kafala system. In this article, Marya Al-Hindi discusses the Kafala system in Lebanon and Bahrain & explains how abuses under the system continue to persist despite reforms in Bahrain.
While South African diplomats and officials are busying siphoning funds kept aside for Covid-19 recovery, migrant workers are tolling it out in Lebanon. The low skilled workers are having a harrowing time in Lebanon where the political and economical conditions have hit rock bottom.