Monday, May 9, 2011

Ambassador of Philippines in Lebanon

“What we have here are humans, they are not commodities that you can simply transfer from one shelf to another,” said Asuque.

A string of investigations by human rights groups have revealed the alarming frequency of violations – such as non-payment of wages, confiscation of passports and forced confinement within the employer’s home – which are perpetrated against the 200,000-odd foreign domestic workers in Lebanon.

Under Philippine law, workers can only be deployed to countries where their rights are guaranteed, either by domestic laws, or by the enforcement of multilateral conventions, such as the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Their Families.

As Lebanon lacks both, a bilateral agreement on the protection of the rights of oversees Filipino workers, was sought as the most effective way of improving conditions, said Asuque.

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