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Following limited reforms to its controversial 'kafala' employment system, Saudi Arabia has banned employers from advertising for 'maids' and 'servants', saying that the word 'worker' should be used

In-depth: Human trafficking has been pushed deeper into the shadows by the pandemic, with criminal gangs exploiting the economic fallout from Covid-19.

Philippines welcomes death sentence for Kuwaiti who killed maid

The New Arab Staff

Philippines welcomes death sentence for Kuwaiti who killed maid

The Kuwaiti woman was accused of months of abuse and torture ahead of the domestic worker's killing.

G20 host Saudi under fire over human rights

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

G20 host Saudi under fire over human rights

Saudi Arabia, the first Arab state to host a G20 summit, has faced disapproval over its human rights record.

Saudi Arabia to remove key restrictions on migrant laborers

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Saudi Arabia to remove key restrictions on migrant laborers

Human rights groups have cautioned the move does not appear to be a full abolition of the 'kafala' system.

Alessandra Bajec

Ethiopian domestic workers abandoned as Lebanon's economy flatlines

Ethiopian domestic workers are being thrown onto the streets by their Lebanese employers, who can no longer afford to pay them.

The New Arab & agencies

Lebanon's migrant workers' plight worsens as crises multiply

Suspected suicides or escape attempts of foreign household workers have become a frequent occurrence in Lebanon, with local reports ...

The New Arab & agencies

Unpaid foreign domestic workers stranded in crisis-hit Lebanon

Domestic workers in Lebanon are being left unpaid and stranded by their employers.

The New Arab & agencies

Lebanon announces flights out for crisis-hit foreign workers

Lebanon has begun organizing return trips for migrant workers wishing to return to their countries of origin amid a biting economic crisis ...

Thousands of Palestinians stranded by coronavirus appeal for repatriation

Amr Salahi

Thousands of Palestinians stranded by coronavirus appeal for repatriation

Thousands of Palestinians, most of them students, have been left stranded and out of pocket around the world as Arab countries refuse them leave ...

Gasia Ohanes

Lebanon-born Palestinian refugee barred from Beirut-bound Covid-19 evacuation flight

Lebanon said it will not allow Lebanese-born expatriated Palestinian refugees on coronavirus evacuation flights, leaving them stranded abroad ...

Coronavirus pandemic halts work on Saudi futuristic city NEOM

The New Arab

Coronavirus pandemic halts work on Saudi futuristic city NEOM

Saudi Arabia had big plans for its flagship megaproject NEOM, but the science fiction-like idea has drifted further from reality amid the ...

Filipino workers flock to leave crisis-hit Lebanon

The New Arab & agencies

Filipino workers flock to leave crisis-hit Lebanon

The embassy issued a statement linking its offer of a free ticket home to Lebanon's free-falling economy.

Online 'slave trade' exposed in Kuwait

The New Arab

Online 'slave trade' exposed in Kuwait

An 'e-slave trade' has been exposed in Kuwait with people developing apps and starting social media accounts and hashtags to buy and sell ...

Bangladesh calls for worker return after Saudi sex abuse

The New Arab

Bangladesh calls for worker return after Saudi sex abuse

A migrant worker who revealed her experience of sexual abuse in Saudi Arabia has prompted Bangladeshi authorities to repatriate its workers from ...

Austin Bodetti

China should learn from Taiwan about treatment of Muslims

In contrast to China's persecution of Uighurs, Taiwan is defending the rights of Taiwanese Muslims, promoting its relationship with Muslim-majority countries, and welcoming Muslim immigrants and tourists.

The New Arab

MbS wants robot dinosaurs, fake moon for Saudi city

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman hopes to make his futuristic desert city Neom the 'most livable' city in the world. How will he do it?

The New Arab

Saudi rights official says 'search maids' for black magic

The rights official defended families' 'legitimate right' to hire professional maid inspectors, in case domestic workers steal items to use in ...

The New Arab

Foreign domestic workers in Lebanon protest abuses

Foreign domestic workers protested against Lebanon's sponsorship system on Sunday, complaining it leaves them open to abuse from ...

Ban on Filipino workers to Kuwait now permanent: Duterte

The New Arab & agencies

Ban on Filipino workers to Kuwait now permanent: Duterte

The row between Kuwait and the Philippines escalated further as President Duterte announced that Filipinos are now permanently banned from ...

The New Arab

Philippines apologises to Kuwait for 'rescuing' distressed domestic workers

The Philippines' top diplomat apologised to Kuwait after videos emerged of embassy staff helping Filipinos flee from allegedly abusive employers ...

Kuwait expels Philippines ambassador amid ongoing 'worker abuse' dispute

The New Arab

Kuwait expels Philippines ambassador amid ongoing 'worker abuse' dispute

The Philippines' top diplomat apologised to Kuwait after videos emerged of embassy staff helping Filipinos flee from allegedly abusive employers ...

Lebanese suspect charged with murdering Filipina maid in Kuwait

The New Arab & agencies

Lebanese suspect charged with murdering Filipina maid in Kuwait

News of the murder of the woman sparked outrage in the Philippines, and shed further light on the conditions of Filipina domestic workers in the ...

Suspect in killing of Filipina maid interrogated in Lebanon

The New Arab & agencies

Suspect in killing of Filipina maid interrogated in Lebanon

Lebanese officials say authorities in Beirut are interrogating a man who is suspected in the death of a Filipina maid whose body was found ...

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