Saudi Arabia to replace kafala system with work contracts: report
Saudi Arabia could soon abolish its controversial "kafala" sponsorship system and replace it with a work contracts, after widespread criticism from human rights groups that it leaves foreign workers open to exploitation.Saudi financial newspaper Maaal reported on Tuesday that the new system will rely on contracts between employees and employers, citing unnamed sources.It said that the new system could be officially announced as early as this week after approval from relevant authorities and will be implemented from the start of next year.The daily added that the decision was postponed to allow...
Saudi plans to abolish kafala system
Saudi Arabia is considering plans to cancel the much derided foreign worker sponsorship system, known as kafala and replace it with a new form of contract between employers and employees.More than ten million foreign workers are said to be living in Saudi Arabia under the decade old kafala system, which rights groups say leaves workers vulnerable to exploitation. Kafala requires them to be sponsored by a Saudi employer and be issued an exit/re-entry visa whenever they want to leave the country.The move would be the latest in a series of economic reforms as the country turns away from its depen...
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Rights groups welcome Lebanon's new domestic workers protections but say kafala system 'must end'
Lebanon has introduced changes to contract law for foreigndomestic workers, news that has been initially welcomed by human rights groups but who say thecontroversial kafala systemmust end.Details of the new contract have not been revealed but likely to address some of the numerous criticisms over the treatment of the country's 250,000domestic workers, mostly from South Asia and Africa.Caretaker Labour MinisterLamia Yamminesaid in a tweet that the law would allow migrant workers to "obtain all their contractual rights and benefit from the broadest social protections".The contract also "enshrine...