UPDATES TO KAFALA

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Orient-Le Jour Writes About Kafala

March 12, 2019 | French

Une affaire a récemment ému les réseaux sociaux : une femme, M. Ch., a déclaré sur son compte Facebook qu’elle avait « une bonne à vendre », en référence à son employée de maison étrangère dont elle a décidé de se séparer. Suite au tollé causé par ce message, le ministre du Travail Camille Abou Sleiman s’est saisi de l’affaire, considérant selon un communiqué de son bureau ce comportement comme « un nouvel esclavage totalement inacceptable ».


Hummusforthoughts writes about kafala

January 17, 2019 | English

In recent history, no business has received more criticism than the business of Responsible Slavery. Yes, it’s true, Responsible Slavery has had its fair share of criticisms. There are those who argue that human beings are equal and that basic decency and human rights are a must for civilization to exist. But others such as ourselves, doubt these recent findings about so-called ‘human equality’ and wish to portray a more realistic and humane alternative to that worldview. With Honest Advertising, we hope to defend our position and help us all, Humans and non-Lebanese alike, find a common purpose in Responsible Slavery. Sarcasm intended.


January 8, 2019 | English

The Kefala system violates the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a document to which Lebanon is a signatory.


dis.orient writes about kafala

November 1, 2018 | English

After decades of marginalization, many of Lebanon’s approximately 250,000 domestic workers are demanding an end to their exploitation and fighting back against racism. At the conference “Connecting Resistances – Emancipatory Activism in West Asia, North Africa and Germany”, two activists reported on the alliances they are building and how they managed to find their voices. By Anna-Theresa Bachmann.


Youtube Video about Kafala Lebanon

October 24, 2018 | English

Many African and Asian countries have banned the recruitment of domestic workers for countries in the Middle East who subscribe to the “kafala” system.


EJN writes about kafala lebanon

October 11, 2018 | English

Under the system, a migrant worker’s immigration and legal residency status is tied to an individual sponsor (kafeel) through a contract period during which workers cannot resign from their jobs, transfer employment or leave the country without first obtaining written permission from their employers.


Fanack writes about kafala

September 17, 2018 | English

In February 2018, a house maid from the Philippines was found dead in a freezer in Kuwait. This horrific case highlights once again the terrible conditions of life facing some of the thousands of domestic migrants workers in the Gulf.


human rights watch writes about kafala

September 6, 2018 | English

(Beirut) – The bill that Qatar’s emir signed on September 4, 2018 now allows foreign workers the right to leave the country but excludes several key groups of workers and falls short of Qatar’s reform pledges over the last year, Human Rights Watch said today. Qatar, which is hosting the 2022 Football World Cup and employing thousands of extra migrant workers to build infrastructure for the tournament, has come under increased scrutiny of its treatment of foreign workers since winning the bid.


Slate FR writes about kafala

September 2, 2018 | French

Plus de 250.000 travailleuses domestiques immigrées sont employées dans les foyers, liées à leurs employeurs par un système de parrainage qui ne leur garantit aucun droit.


the new york times writes about kafala

August 6, 2018 | English

The Kuwaiti beauty blogger Sondos Alqattan recently unleashed a storm of criticism after saying that Filipino domestic workers in the Persian Gulf region should not have the right to take a day off or hold on to their own passports. Activists the world over were quick to condemn her remarks, and prominent cosmetic companies have stopped working with her.


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