Thousands of families in Lebanon can no longer afford to buy food. Between a collapsing economy, damage to the capital following the port explosion last August, and soaring Covid-19 cases, Lebanon teeters on the brink.
While the social and economic climate has reduced the quality of life for everyone in the country, women and girls have been disproportionately affected in ways both obvious and invisible.
Lebanon’s local police have disclosed that a small black bag found in the Malla area in the country’s capital points at a possible murder of an Ethiopian domestic worker; promising a full investigation into the incident.
The severed body of a migrant Ethiopian worker was discovered in a bag placed on a road in Lebanon’s capital Beirut on Saturday, according to local media.
The bag contained the victim’s dismembered hands and feet. Other bags were being searched in the area that could contain other body parts.
Launch of Amnesty International’s global annual report. Pandemic lays bare systemic inequality in MENA and worldwide with refugees, migrants and prisoners severely impacted.Throughout 2020 MENA governments ramped up assault on freedom of expression and in some cases punished health workers who spoke out. World leaders hampered recovery by undermining international cooperation. New Secretary General Agnès Callamard calls for reset of broken systems.
Following limited reforms to its controversial ‘kafala’ employment system, Saudi Arabia has banned employers from advertising for ‘maids’ and ‘servants’, saying that the word ‘worker’ should be used instead.
Amnesty International calls on Fifa President Gianni Infantino to implement “independent and regular” monitoring of all 2022 sites to detect and prevent rights abuses as Qatar says “progress is being made.”