The decision by Singapore’s Manpower Ministry to grant foreign domestic workers a weekly rest day is an important reform but falls short of international standards, Human Rights Watch has said.
As nations move forward to develop sustainability, Malaysia and Indonesia slide backwards and continue to sustain a form of modern-day slavery, writes Tenaganita.
The Cambodian and Malaysian governments’ failure to regulate recruiters and employers leaves Cambodian migrant domestic workers exposed to a wide range of abuses, Human Rights Watch said in a report issued on 1 November 2011.
The adoption by the International Labor Organization (ILO) on 16 June 2011, of a new groundbreaking treaty to extend key labour protections to domestic workers will protect millions of people who have been without guarantees of their basic rights, Human Rights Watch said.
Burmese domestic workers are celebrating in Chiang Mai on hearing that on 16 June 2011, the International Labour Organisation adopted Convention 189: Decent Work for Domestic Workers at the 100th Session of the ILO Conference, reports the MAP Foundation.
The application of labour laws and acceptance of workers’ rights for domestic workers would clarify the employment relationship between domestic workers and employers, writes Angeline Loh
Members of the recent Philippines’ House mission to Saudi were shocked to speechlessness by the torrent of tales of cruelty, domestic repression and rape they heard from overseas Filipina domestic workers, writes Walden Bello.
The application of labour laws and acceptance of workers’ rights for domestic workers would clarify the employment relationship between domestic workers and employers, says Angeline Loh.
Malaysia is now represented in the UN Human Rights Council for a second term and thus can no longer be complicit about the protection of the rights of women and of domestic workers, asserts Tenaganita.
Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) is calling on the international community to address the deficiency of legislative protections for domestic workers that now allows recruitment agencies and employers to act with impunity as they exploit these most vulnerable workers.