October 23, 2014
by Jenna Decker
Female migrant domestic workers in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are facing abuse and exploitation, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Thursday. The group pointed to UAE's visa sponsorship program, coupled with the lack of laws to protect domestic laborers, as the salient causes for the current ...[read more]
August 10, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Friday signed into law a measure providing basic protections to Brazilian domestic workers. The law limits domestic workers' work weeks to 44 hours, and the work day to eight hours. The law also creates a minimum wage and requires employers to register their ...[read more]
April 23, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
Migrant workers in Qatar face human rights abuse including forced labor, excessively long working hours, verbal harassment, and physical and sexual violence, according to an Amnesty International (AI) report released Wednesday. The report, entitled "Qatar: 'My sleep is my break': Exploitation of ...[read more]
November 21, 2013
by Peter Snyder
Human Rights Watch (HRW) issued a letter Thursday to the Labor Minister of Morocco, Abdeslam Seddiki, imploring the Moroccan government to revise a draft law before the Moroccan parliament, regarding legal protections for domestic workers, to comply with international standards. The letter, while ...[read more]
October 28, 2013
by Max Slater
Nations in the Middle East and North Africa are failing to provide protections for domestic workers, according to a joint report issued by three human rights organizations on Monday. The report was co-authored by Human Rights Watch (HRW), the International Domestic Workers' Network and the ...[read more]
October 6, 2013
by Benjamin Minegar
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Sunday alleged that the Algerian government has violated international and domestic law by impinging upon independent trade unions' rights to freely associate and collectively bargain. Algerian lawmakers adopted Law 90-14 in 1990, pursuant to which workers could ...[read more]
September 6, 2013
by Kimberly Bennett
The International Labor Organization Domestic Workers Convention, 2011 (No. 189) came into force on Thursday, extending basic labor rights to workers in signatory countries. The convention became binding international law to a number of countries, prompting many to begin implementing legislative ...[read more]
January 9, 2013
by Matthew Pomy
The UN International Labour Organization (ILO) released a report Wednesday highlighting the lack of protections provided to domestic workers worldwide. The report details the ways in which domestic workers are more vulnerable than other workers and what that means for the domestic worker ...[read more]
September 6, 2012
by Jaimie Cremeans
The International Labor Organization (ILO) announced Wednesday that the Convention on Domestic Workers (CDW), which states that workers who manage families and households for a living should be guaranteed the same labor rights as all other workers, will go into effect next year following ...[read more]
August 6, 2012
by Dan Taglioli
The Domestic Workers Convention (DWC) was ratified by the Philippines on Monday, giving the international treaty its second ratification and paving the way for the convention to enter full force of law. The International Labor Organization (ILO) created the DWC to set the first global standards ...[read more]

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