MAINTAINING & PERPETUATING THE KAFALA SYSTEM
General Security (GS) in Lebanon are integral to maintaining and perpetuating the Kafala system and regularly imprison Migrant Domestic Workers (MDWs). Despite having flight tickets, GS have been consistently blocking women from leaving and often detaining them on unreasonable grounds. Furthermore, GS is the primary actor in the implementation and maintenance of the Kafala system, especially of its worst abuses. GS, alongside the Lebanese judiciary, has been actively placing obstacles in the repatriation process such as charging unnecessary fees for documents/tickets, and preventing workers from flying home due to baseless accusations from employers.
GENERAL SECURITY OBSTRUCTS REPATRIATION IN THREE KEY SCENARIOS
An MDW escapes her Sponsor
and makes it to her consulate
Sponsor dumps the MDW onto the street
due to inability to pay the MDW’s salary
An MDW escapes her Sponsor
and goes to a GS police station
MDW’s are stripped of their passports upon entering Lebanon, so in all three scenarios, 94% have no access to identification and are rendered nationless, exposed to hunger and disease and denied representation.
The Sponsor is not held to account for the safety of the MDW.
Due to the ongoing, unreasonable detention and deteriorating conditions for migrant workers, we support the immediate evacuation of vulnerable migrant workers in Lebanon.
This is the central goal of our #SendUsHome campaign.
The Ministry of Labour (MOL) plays a minimal role in Kafala. MDWs are excluded from the Labour law and the MOL does not conduct investigations and repeatedly fails to answer their hotline set up to help migrant workers and if they do, little is done to offer practical advice.
In order to send migrant workers home, ThisIsLebanon is calling for
GS to end all restrictions on the repatriation process for MDWs in Lebanon, as well as to speed up all procedures within their mandate.
February 19, 2021 | 6:55 am
Embassy of the People launch live-stream music event for #SendUsHome campaign
Due to the devastating explosion that took place in Beirut on Aug. 4th 2020 in the midst of an economic crisis, and a worldwide pandemic; thousands of Domestic Workers were left on the streets with no end in sight. An initiative to assist Migrant Domestic Workers was set up in response: The Embassy of the People.
September 16, 2020 | 1:10 pm
Cameroon’s Honorary Consul Won’t Let Stranded Cameroonian Women Leave Lebanon!
The Cameroonian consulate of Lebanon is blocking the process of repatriation for Cameroonian women stranded in Lebanon. Cindy, President of Cameroonian Community in Lebanon and @Help_Them_Home are asking for you to join the fight with the Cameroonian women so that they can GO HOME.