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Bangladesh: Improve Protections for Migrant Domestic Workers

By Human Rights Watch - Thu Dec 08, 7:50 pm

A migrant domestic worker watches over a child playing in the Magic Planet, City Centre Muscat, a shopping mall in Oman.

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A migrant domestic worker watches over a child playing in the Magic Planet, City Centre Muscat, a shopping mall in Oman. 

© 2015 Rothna Begum/Human Rights Watch

Bangladesh should improve protection for its domestic workers migrating to the Middle East, Human Rights Watch said today. Bangladesh is hosting the Global Forum on Migration and Development on December 10-12, 2016, a meeting of governments to share best practices and collaborate on migration policy.

Bangladesh has become an outlier in Asia for actively seeking employment of domestic workers in the Middle East but failing to protect their rights adequately and setting low salaries. Other domestic workers’ countries of origin such as Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and Nepal have vocally denounced abuses abroad and increased protections and salary requirements for their migrant workers.
 

“Bangladesh is hosting an important global conference on migration, yet has an abysmal record protecting its own citizens,” said Rothna Begum, Middle East women’s rights researcher at Human Rights Watch. “Bangladesh should seek the best opportunities for its workers but not at the cost of leaving them without meaningful protections….

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