Lewis Hamilton believes sportspeople are duty bound to speak out on human rights matters in the countries they visit. With Qatar hosting its first Formula One Grand Prix this weekend and facing new allegations of worker exploitation and abuse in its preparations for next year’s football World Cup, Hamilton insisted he would hold the sport to account for the places it chooses to race.
Qatar Inappropriately Investigating Workplace Deaths, ILO Says Ahead Of 2022 World Cup Erling Haaland and Norwegian players protested against Qatar 2022 1:05 (CNN) – At least 50 of the workers in the Qatar World Cup sites died in 2020 and the International Labor Organization (ILO) assured that there are gaps in the collection of data by the country’s institutions, so that the ILO will present a categorical figure on the number of fatal occupational injuries.
Lebanon is still under the influence of the Covid-19 pandemic and the economic crisis, both of which have raised the pressures experienced by the country’s population and put many people under the poverty line.
The Lebanese were not solely affected by this crisis, but migrant workers of various nationalities were affected as well.
Before the current crisis, Lebanon was a rich destination for domestic workers. However, that is no longer the case. The economic crisis affected the maintenance of Lebanon as a destination for these workers, while inhumane and unfair practices in some cases were still part of the plight of domestic workers.
Are you confused about what the Kafala sponsorship system is and how it impacts so many people? Do you want to listen in on a discussion about race and racism in Lebanon? Our host Lama is joined by the incredible Farah Baba – the Communications & Advocacy Officer at the Anti-Racism Movement (ARM).
Lebanon has had a turbulent year, to say the least. Amidst a global catastrophe, it faced its own economic crisis, revolution, and explosion, and continues to be ensnared by its woes. However, one of its long-standing sins existed long before the people took to Martyr’s Square or the Port was engulfed in flames: its treatment of migrant workers. The country is extremely reliant on migrant domestic workers, primarily from countries in Southeast Asia and Africa (e.g., The Philippines, Ethiopia), and majority of whom are women. In 2008, Human Rights Watch reported that a migrant domestic worker in Lebanon dies every week. At the time of writing, almost 700 would have died since then, assuming that this average rate stayed the same. But it has not. In 2017, statistics showed that the death rate doubled to over two per week. This horrendous status quo has only gotten worse. The country’s economic crisis, explosion, and near-societal collapse have exacerbated the pre-existing, deeply-rooted problem, and there is little hope on the horizon. While it may be too late to save the 700-plus victims who have lost their lives thus far, this is an attempt to shed light on the system that took their lives, and what can be done to change it.
On the 4th August 2020, two explosions in the Lebanese capital claimed 137 lives, injured over 5,000 people and displaced thousands more. As Beirut reeled from the shock, stories emerged — reported by Al Jazeera and others — of the disaster’s impact on one of the city’s most vulnerable communities: migrant workers from African countries trapped by the exploitative ‘kafala’ system.
An Ethiopian domestic worker is taking her employer and recruiter to court in Lebanon over the abuse and exploitation she alleges she experienced at their hands. This potentially ground-breaking case represents “an opportunity to open the door for abolishing the kafala system,” according to Fatima Shahade, Lebanon programme manager at Legal Action Worldwide.
Pokrenuta je prva sudska tužba za porobljavanje migrantske kućne radnice u Libanonu. Unatoč krizi, još uvijek postoji regrutacija novih radnica u Libanon i čini se da je još veći postotak tih radnica sada krijumčaren. Neke čak i ne znaju da dolaze u Libanon, druge ne znaju ništa o tome da je ovdje ekonomska kriza, govori nam Zain Lawson iz inicijative This is Lebanon