New contract for Lebanon’s migrant maids only a first step, rights groups warn

AMMAN (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Rights campaigners said the launch of a new contract for migrant domestic workers in Lebanon was a positive first step but that far deeper reform was needed to abolish the kafala sponsorship system they blame for widespread labor abuses.

Caretaker Labour Minister Lamia Yammine said on Friday she had issued a standard unified contract that “enshrines the rights” of the foreign workers, whose plight during Lebanon’s economic crisis and COVID-19 lockdown sparked global outcry.

English | September 7, 2020

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