Saudi Arabia and Rights of Migrant Workers

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There is concern that while Saudi Arabia’s labor reforms can help prevent abuses, they do not not cover domestic help and may foster prejudice toward women…

According to Sarah Leah Whitson, Middleast director, “Saudi Arabia’s labor reforms will help protect migrant workers if the government follows through and enforces them, but domestic workers, often the ones who need the most protection from abuse, are left out in the cold.”  This past October there were a group of 38 amendments to the labor law that took effect.  Companies are now fined for taking migrant passports or for not paying salaries on time.  However, domestic workers (most of whom are migrants) are not included in the labor law reforms.

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