domestic workers

Qatar Enacts Law to Protect Foreign Domestic Workers

DOHA, Aug 24 – Qatar’s ruler has introduced a law giving broad protection to tens of thousands of foreigners working as maids, cooks, cleaners and nannies, addressing some concerns long highlighted by human rights groups. The new rules on foreign domestic staff mandate a maximum of 10 hours per working day with breaks for prayer,

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Missing Ugandan Maid Fuels Fears of Abuse in Saudi Arabia

By Yasin Kakande KAMPALA, April 13 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Jannat Mubiru has heard nothing from her daughter since the 27-year-old called to say she had arrived safely in Riyadh, where she was due to start work as a maid five months ago. Mubiru has repeatedly phoned the Saudi number her daughter, Shamim Nakitende, used

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Saudi To Consider Sri Lankan Maid’s Appeal Against Stoning

By Ranga Sirilal COLOMBO, Dec 8 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Saudi authorities have agreed to consider an appeal against the sentence of death by stoning imposed on a 45-year-old Sri Lankan maid for adultery, Sri Lanka’s deputy foreign minister said on Tuesday, welcoming the decision as a “big victory.” The married woman, who had been

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