Saturday, May 7, 2016

Migrant domestic workers march through Beirut in protest of human rights abuses

Ibtimes

Hundreds of migrant workers have taken to the streets in Lebanon in protest of current working conditions. Around 200,000 migrants - mainly hailing from the Philippines, Ethiopia, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal - are employed in the country with a majority working mainly as live-in maids.

The workers, who are mostly women, are vulnerable to exploitation because they cannot leave or enter the country without asking for written permission from their employers. The demonstrators are seeking for the implementation of International Labour Organization's (ILO) Convention 189, which states that domestic workers are entitled to a minimum wageand have at least one day's holiday per week.

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