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August 29, 2013 | French

Ligne Directe se rend ce mois-ci à Beyrouth au Liban à la rencontre d’une Observatrice malgache, Aimée Razanajay. Cette dernière a contacté les Observateurs pour témoigner de la ségrégation sociale et de la violence dont sont victimes les employées de maison dans la capitale libanaise. Ces femmes venant pour la plupart des Philippines, de Madagascar ou d’Éthiopie connaissent un calvaire quotidien.

ILO writes about kafala lebanon

August 4, 2013 | English

Although not all the trafficking processes described in the study are found in all the countries examined, striking similarities exist. The reliance on the kafala (sponsorship) system is inherently problematic, as it creates an unequal power dynamic between the employer and the worker

Hummusforthoughts writes about kafala

March 21, 2013 | English

A year ago, a woman named Alem Dechasa committed suicide by hanging herself in her room at Der El-Salib mental hospital. Four days prior, she was kidnapped by her owner, her master, Ali Mahfouz.

CNN writes about kafala lebanon

February 11, 2013 | English

Lebanon prides itself on its image as a melting pot on the Mediterranean: an ancient bastion of civilization boasting a diverse tapestry of cultures and creeds.

Hummusforthoughts writes about kafala

December 26, 2012 | English

This is the 3rd time we receive photographic evidence of a migrant worker risking her life to clean a window. The first two times were of the same woman in a Verdun apartment.

Hummusforthoughts writes about kafala

December 19, 2012 | English

This video will help you to understand the slavery-like conditions that they are currently subjected to under the sponsorship system.

Hummusforthoughts writes about kafala

November 14, 2012 | English

Janice Soriano de Jose, worker from the Philippines, was found dead at the bottom of this building last stormy Sunday. They say she jumped from the 11th floor. We say, we want to see the doctor’s report Now. What kind of investigation takes a few hours before being closed?

Hummusforthoughts writes about kafala

July 12, 2012 | English

The Anti-Racism Movement released this video of a member calling different establishments and asking them if they would allow a migrant worker to swim if he/she paid like any customer. Check out the answers.

Hummusforthoughts writes about kafala

June 29, 2012 | English

We should however note that St. Georges Beach Club is far from being the only one. Two other examples are Riviera and Coral Beach which specifically ban migrant workers from entering. Lazy B has a more humane policy: Migrant workers can enter for free if they don’t swim since they are considered to be helpers of Lazy B customers. If they wish to swim, they are considered to be like any other customer and therefore have to pay.

the economist writes about kafala

May 26, 2012 | English

THE multilingual, fashion-conscious residents of Beirut, Lebanon's capital, fancy their city to be cosmopolitan. But not everyone is welcome. Black people and foreigners from Asia and elsewhere in the third world who make up the bulk of migrant workers are often turned away from the city's smarter venues. Conscious of the bad blood this can cause, Lebanon's government has warned beach clubs against barring entry on the basis of race, nationality or disability.


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