Migrant domestic workers

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More than one migrant domestic worker a week dies in Lebanon from suicide or by accident in a desperate attempt to escape from their employers, according to Human Rights Watch.

Since January 2007, 95 migrant domestic workers have died in the Lebanon. Forty were classed as suicide and 24 fell to their deaths during bids to escape from the balconies or windows of their employer’s flats.

Over two-thirds (64) were Ethiopian, 14 were from the Philippines and 9 were Sri Lankan. The rest came from Bangladesh, Eritrea, Madagascar and Nepal.

Migrant domestic workers are not entitled to the minimum wage in Lebanon. A 2006 survey of domestic workers in Lebanon, conducted by the American University of Cairo, found 31 per cent were not allowed to leave their employer’s home, which is an indicator of forced labour.

Anti-Slavery International’s own research has found cases of migrant domestic workers across the Middle East, including the Lebanon, in conditions of slavery. Abuses included the confiscation of passports, restriction on the freedom of movement, non-payment or delayed payment of wages and verbal, physical, or sexual abuse.

Anti-Slavery International calls on all governments to protect migrant domestic workers by granting them the same employment rights as their own nationals. Also, in order to protect them from slavery, it is essential that the immigration status of migrant domestic workers is not tied to their employer.

The most effective way for governments to protect migrant domestic workers from slavery is to ratify the United Nation’s International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families (1990).

tayyar.org - Lebanon News -Migrant domestic workers dying every week in Lebanon

Anti-Slavery International - Migrant domestic workers dying every week in Lebanon
 
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  • J_Raad1450

    J_Raad1450

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    Drastic maasures should be taken to protect those poor migrant workers. This is not right.
     
    Red Phoenix

    Red Phoenix

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    good post to remind us that what he see daily around us is not irrelevant but morally disastrous..

    i can't understand what is this obsession many lebanese have with getting maids and servants and this sadistic trend some of those ppl have against their servants.

    they beat them in homes and in recruitment offices, they force everything upon them sometimes even religious views and political insanity.

    i just don't get it, i admit i try to dismiss this every time i see another maid that reminds me of this unacceptable human condition here, i must admit that since i almost lost faith in everything in this country this sad sight is just like any sad sight i'm subjected to daily.

    but on a more positive note, stuff like this thread and community work bring back some hope by spreading the unbelievable burden of responsibility and it reminds us that even if u give up hope urself , others don't and that's the beauty of communities that keeps us all buoyed up one day or another.

    on a more practical note, i don’t know how we can help those servants effectively if u cant get some political party to support their cause and switching them from slave status to worker status.

    media should do its part, looking at the media in lebanon i know this is a joke, but still, media still must find a way to do its job. This responsibility is upon everyone, sinners or not, and even if the sinners' numbers is ungodly high in this matter.
     
    >Watani<

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    الخادمات الأجنبيات مشكلة إضافية في لبنان​




    16/09/2008
    الشرق الأوسط

    تحولت خادمات المنازل الأجنبيات في لبنان الى مشكلة أضيفت الى العديد من المشاكل الاجتماعية التي تسببت بها الازمة السياسية والاقتصادية المتمادية التي يعيشها لبنان منذ عقدين. ولا يمر يوم من دون أن نسمع أو نشاهد أو نقرأ عن مأساة خادمة أجنبية ألقت بنفسها من شرفة مخدومها، أو رمت بطفل مخدومها من النافذة، أو هربت، أو فقدت أعصابها، أو رحلت بسبب أوراقها غير الشرعية، وغير ذلك من المشكلات التي تتعرض لها أو تواجهها هذه الشريحة من العاملات في المنازل، والتي قدرت منظمة «هيومن رايتس ووتش» عددها بـ 300 ألف في لبنان. في وقت جاء فيه تقدير المديرية العامة للأمن العام أكثر تواضعاً: 55 ألف خادمة أجنبية، بينما قدرت جمعية «كاريتاس» ـ مركز الاجانب، عدد غير الشرعيات فقط بنحو 50 ألفاً. وللدلالة على المأساة التي تعيشها هذه الخادمات ـ ومعظمهن من سري لانكا، واثيوبيا، والفلبين، ونيبال، وبنغلاديش وأخيراً مدغشقر ـ أصدرت منظمة «هيومن رايتس ووتش» دراسة عن الواقع الاجتماعي لهذه الشريحة من المهاجرات، أشارت فيها الى أن 95 خادمة منزل وافدة في الاقل لقت حتفها في لبنان منذ يناير (كانون الثاني) 2007. وصنفت سفارات هؤلاء الوافدات 40 حالة منها على انها انتحار، فيما صنفت 24 حالة اخرى على ان سببها هو سقوط العاملات من مبان مرتفعة بسبب الفرار من أصحاب عملهن. لكن 14 حالة وفاة كانت بسبب أمراض أو لأسباب صحية. وكشف ممثل المنظمة العالمية في لبنان نديم حوري عن وفاة أكثر من عاملة منزل أسبوعياً في لبنان. ولفت الى ان الدراسة أظهرت أن الاسباب الرئيسية التي تدفع بهؤلاء الخادمات الى الانتحار أو المخاطرة بحياتهن تكمن في «حصر الاقامة قسراً في مركز العمل، وطلبات العمل المفرطة، وإساءات أصحاب العمل، والضغوط الاقتصادية

    وكانت صحيفة «لوموند» الفرنسية قد سبقت «هيومن رايتس ووتش» بكتابة تحقيقين عن الخادمات في لبنان، عنونت الاول: «خادمات للبيع»، والثاني: «لبنان، بلد العبيد» على الرغم من أن هذين التحقيقين انطويا على بعض المغالاة ومجافاة الحقيقة. وتحاول مجموعة من المنظمات الدولية والمحلية، كمنظمة العمل الدولية، ومكتب المفوضية الاوروبية لحقوق الانسان في الشرق الاوسط، و«هيومن رايتس»، ومنظمة كاريتاس ـ مركز الاجانب، ومنظمة «انسان» تسليط الضوء على الواقع الحقيقي لهذه الشريحة من العاملات الاجنبيات، فتشير الى «أن هؤلاء العاملات غير معرضات كلهن للاستغلال، ولكن عدداً كبيراً منهن يواجه المصاعب، مثل عدم دفع أجورهن، والعمل المفرط، وتقييد حرياتهن، والتعدي على حياتهن الخاصة، وحرمانهن من يوم الاجازة الاسبوعي، بصرف النظر عن الاساءات النفسية والجسدية التي يتعرضن لها

    وطبقاً لمسح احصائي أجراه الدكتور راي جريديني عام 2006 شمل 600 عاملة اجنبية في لبنان. قالت 56% منهن أنهن يعملن أكثر من 12 ساعة يومياً، فيما قالت 34% بأنهن لا يحصلن على يوم عطلة أسبوعي منتظم، وفي بعض الحالات، لقت عاملات حتفهن اثناء محاولة الفرار عبر القفز من شرفات المنازل التي يعملن بها». ويقول رئيس لجنة «كاريتاس لبنان ـ مركز العمال الاجانب، كمال السيوفي لـ«الشرق الاوسط»: «ان ما اختبرناه منذ عام 1994 في مركز لرابطة كاريتاس، ان قسماً كبيراً من هؤلاء الخادمات الاجنبيات يلقين معاملة حسنة، لكن ثمة قسماً آخر يقع ضحية سوء المعاملة والاستغلال، ويجرد الى حد ما من حقوقه الانسانية والاساسية، ولهذا يكثف مركز الاجانب الجهود والتعاون مع الجهات الحكومية ويستمر في تقديم الخدمات والاستشارات القانونية والاجتماعية لكل من يتقدم من المركز بطلب في هذا المجال

    ويقول ممثل منظمة العفو الدولية شار نصر الله لـ«الشرق الاوسط»: «لمسنا خلال محاولتنا التنسيق مع نقابة أصحاب مكاتب الاستخدام الخاصة بالعمال الاجانب بوادر مشجعة ورغبة في التعاون مع مجتمع حقوق الانسان للعمل على اصلاح أداء تلك المكاتب بغية تحسين أوضاع عاملات المنازل وظروف عملهن على نحو يتناسب مع مبادئ حقوق الانسان وحقوق العمل في العالم». ورحب بـ«المبادرات الاصلاحية التي تنوي النقابة القيام بها»، لكنه اعتبر انه «اذا بقي الانتساب الى النقابة غير الزامي فستبقى الجهود من دون جدوى

    وكانت النقابة قد تداعت، ولا سيما بعد عدوان يوليو (تموز) 2006 لأكثر من اجتماع، بغية معالجة مسألة وقف بعض الدول إرسال الخادمات الى لبنان، وبالتالي معالجة كل المشكلات التي تتعرض لها هذه الخادمات. وفيما شددت النقابة على المكاتب الالتزام بكل الانظمة والقوانين دعت المستخدمين إلى ضرورة التقيد بعقود العمل التي تربطهم بخادماتهم، وبكل الحقوق الخاصة بهذه الخادمات، سواء من حيث مدة الاقامة، أو الراتب، أو يوم الاجازة الاسبوعي، أو ساعات العمل اليومية. وعلى ضوء كل هذه الاجتماعات، حددت النقابة راتب الخادمة على الشكل الآتي: 180 دولاراً للسريلانكية، 150 دولاراً لكل من الاثيوبية والنيبالية والمدغشقرية و135 دولاراً للبنغلاديشية. وأمام كل هذه المشكلات التي تواجه الخادمات الاجنبيات برزت ظاهرة العمل السري أو غير المشروع الناتج عن عقود تقبل بها الخادمات الاجنبيات براتب منخفض، وما ان تصل الى لبنان حتى تهرب من مخدومها وتنصرف الى العمل غير المشروع بدخل أعلى بكثير وبحرية أوسع، وهذا ما تتصدى له المديرية العامة للامن العام التي لا تلبث أن ترحل عشرات الخادمات «السريات» شهرياً، وعلى نفقة مخدوميهنّ «غير الشرعيين» أيضاً. وعلى الرغم من الازمة السياسية المتمادية، لم يتوقف لبنان عن اتخاذ الاجراءات اللازمة لايجاد اطار قانوني واضح وصريح لعمل الخادمات الاجنبيات، فعلى سبيل المثال، وقعت الحكومة عام 2003 على معاهدة مكافحة الاتجار البشري، وأنشأ القطاعان العام والخاص ما سميَّ «بيت الامان» لاستقبال الخادمات الاجنبيات ـ ضحايا الاستغلال، ثم أنشئت لجنة قانونية من أجل وضع قانون يطبق على الخادمات، أعقبت بلجنة عام 2007 ومهمتها ايجاد عقد عمل موحد بين مكاتب الاستخدام والخادمات، لكن مسؤولاً في «الامن العام» يؤكد انه غير متفائل بنتائج قريبة لعمل هذه اللجنة​
     
    FPM/USA

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    One thing i hate about lebanese society is how we think we are above evryone else and how we treat non-lebanese like trash. kilon sheyfeen 7alon. A while ago my mom wanted to get a maid but i didnt let her. this is like slavery. Although there are people who treat there servants with respect there are a lot more who dont. 3ayb!
     
    shadow1

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    every time I get the false impression the country hit an all time low point. I wait a day or two and another lower point is reached.
    Why doesnt someone take over the country and do humanity a big favour?
     
    Dalzi

    Dalzi

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    This is how the stories go...

    Story 1:

    Samira is a woman with insecurities, probably abused as a child, or born to very strict parents. Samira marries Fadi, a man who doesn't give her all the attention she wants. Her dream of being a queen is shattered with Fadi's approach to relationships. So, Samira brings a maid home and declares herself "Queen". And so you can imagine what the maid has to go throught.

    Story 2:

    Layal is a spoilt woman, spoilt as a child and as a wife to Sami. She's used to having things her own way. This characterisitc feature of her personality turns her into an aggressive violent person. And so you can imagine what the maid she brings home has to go throught.

    Story 3:

    Rosa marries Hisham, the man of her dreams. Prince charming turns out to be the evil beast. A violent man who both verbally and physically abuses her. Hisham brings in a maid whom he sexually molests. This maid receives no better treatment from Rosa who waits for Hisham to leave the house for her to release her anger. Feeling weak before him, she starts to look for what makes her feel strong. And so you can imagine what the maid has to go throught.

    These are only three stories we picked randomely from the basket.

    Moral:

    If you call youself a man, and you have a wife who does nothing but eat buscuits, watch TV, drink coffee, and of course gossip. Then by all means remind her that she has a body (as fat as it has turned out to be) which was made for many purposes one of which is to get off her fat a** and do what she has to do "maybe" she could lose some weight. Do it for the good of mankind and for yourself, unless you want to divorce which is always a good option.
     
    Youchka

    Youchka

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    The issue of the foreign domestic workers is very controversial. Some consider those maids we get, who work 7 days a week, with no free days, who are not allowed to go out... a form of slavery. In a way it is, I mean who among us could work 7 days a week, not have friends, not be allowed to talk on the phone.... But again, the money they are doing in Lebanon, they wouldn't dream of it in their country, they make money enough to make them live well in their country after that.
    Unfortunately some people forget that those people are human beings.
    Finally I have to say that my helper lives waaaaaaay better (with food, clothes, shelter, protection ensured), and gets waaaaaaay highera wage than I'd say a HUGE portion of Lebanese.
     
    Abou Sandal

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    Yeah well i'm 1 inch away from committing a crime, the next time i see a Lebanese ectoplasm mistreating its domestic worker.

    Wlek Tfeh Malla Bajam!
     
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    Garabet B

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    its really sad their situation, ive witnessed on many occasions that those migrant domestic workers falsify their papers in order to get the chance to work.
    few months ago,when i was working at the lab, i had to take blood from a migrant from nepal, she looked 14-15 but her papers were saying 18, i asked about it to her << madame >> she said , yeah they falsify the papers to come .... it was really sad.the poor girl didnt know any language whatsoever to express herself ...
     
    josein

    josein

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    It is a national shame, lebanese hypocrisy at its highest level..
     
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    Souss

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    The issue of the foreign domestic workers is very controversial. Some consider those maids we get, who work 7 days a week, with no free days, who are not allowed to go out... a form of slavery. In a way it is, I mean who among us could work 7 days a week, not have friends, not be allowed to talk on the phone.... But again, the money they are doing in Lebanon, they wouldn't dream of it in their country, they make money enough to make them live well in their country after that.
    Unfortunately some people forget that those people are human beings.
    Finally I have to say that my helper lives waaaaaaay better (with food, clothes, shelter, protection ensured), and gets waaaaaaay highera wage than I'd say a HUGE portion of Lebanese.
    There is nothing controversial about slavery or mistreating a human being, regardless of how much money you pay them and how that amount compares to the average wage in their home country. Mistreatment is mistreatment, and that's not subject to interpretation for any balanced, sane person.

    Then again, we live in a country where as Lebanese we don't respect each other. Not surprising we don't respect foreigners either.

    :msnshock:
     
    vegojimbo

    vegojimbo

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    It's a real shame to have foreign workers treated as subhuman or even slaves, and this isn't restricted to maids. Practically all foreign workers in Lebanon are mistreated, from the syrian builder to the egyptian worker at the gas station to the srilanki maid, and even the romanian prostitute. What needs to be done is for the Ministry of Labor to get its act together and enforce some laws that protect the foreign workers in Lebanon and put fines on all lebanese recruiters who abuse their servants/builders/etc...This can be done by establishing a Mistreatment Center foreigners can resort to when their rights are violated (by the way, there should be the establishment of a new law talking about rights of foreign workers). Not every foreigner will be able to get in touch with the center (for example maids locked up in their rooms and disallowed from leaving the house), so maybe an employee from the MoL should pass and check the working conditions of the workers each 2-3 months. However, here lies another problem, many foreign workers are not registered in the MoL (mainly syrian workers), so something should be done about it, like deporting any worker caught without a license (it should be applied on everyone, not just the egptian workers, capiche?)
    Wait! what am I saying? Nothing remotely reformist can happen in this god forsaken country, so forget my rambling and let's move on.
     
    mikeys71

    mikeys71

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    Empty words from everyone here, what are you going to do about it other than say poor slaves...?
    You can start by talking to the MP you voted for. Ask them to draft a law to protect these individuals. Helpers and nannies should have a room and acces to a bathroom 24hrs a day. They should work no more then 45 hours a week and be granted a day off.
     
    Dalzi

    Dalzi

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    All over the world, owning a slave is considered a repulsive violation of human rights. In Lebanon, it is considered a sign of prestige.
    It doesn't have to "slavery", in some situations it's understandable for some people to have someone to help them out as long as this person is like any member of the family. I won't do it, but i don't see it wrong is such circumstances.

    It becomes "slavery" when the person is treated like an animal or even worse in many Lebanese homes. Some don't let them eat with them coz "bye2rafo" smallah. They give them left overs and force them to do so much work to the point where many developed physical problems in very short periods of time.

    The problem with Lebanese women is that they all think they're born queens. They're materialisc and shallow, so many of them are like that. These people come to lebanon to work not to be slaved. It's shameful how it has become a matter of " i want one because everyone has one", "i want one even though i don't need one"! The men are not any better, many of them sexually molest those poor women and the sad reality is that all get away with it.
     
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