Rights groups welcome Lebanon’s new domestic workers protections but say kafala system ‘must end’

Lebanon has introduced changes to contract law for foreign domestic workers, news that has been initially welcomed by human rights groups but who say the controversial kafala system must end.

Caretaker Labour Minister Lamia Yammine said in a tweet that the law would allow migrant workers to “obtain all their contractual rights and benefit from the broadest social protections”.The contract also “enshrines the rights” for foreign workers, who are not covered by Lebanon’s national labour law, which includes a minimum wage, overtime, and the right to assembly.

English | September 9, 2020



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