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Labour news from the Middle East


Algeria

Algerian government escalates its war on independent unions 2018-06-25 [IUF]
Algeria: Threats soar against democratic unions after ILC 2018-06-20 [IndustriALL]
Global unions unite to support independent trade unions in Algeria 2018-06-07 [IndustriALL]


Bahrain

Support for labour unions, citizens’ rights stressed 2018-03-20 [newsofbahrain]
ITUC Deplores the Lack of Progress on Reinstatement of Workers in Bahrain after Seven Years 2018-02-14 [ITUC]
GPIC, Labour Union officials hold meeting 2018-01-22 [BNA]


Egypt

Building and Wood Workers hold General Assembly 2018-07-13 [BWI]
Freelance journalist sentenced to ten years 2018-05-24 [IFJ]
Banks turn to companies with temporary workers to promote Aman certificate 2018-03-12 [menafn]


Iran

UN Human Rights Council hears call to end persecution of BBC Persian journalists 2018-06-21 [IFJ]
UN Human Rights Council: End persecution and harassment of BBC Persian journalists by Iran 2018-06-19 [IFJ]
Many Detained Steel Workers Freed, Ten Still Held 2018-06-16 [Radio Farda]


Iraq

Teacher union expands to better advocate for quality public education 2018-07-16 [Education International]
In Iraq, trade unions are helping to rebuild popular power 2018-06-25 [Equal Times]
Trade unions are helping to rebuild popular power 2018-06-25 [Equal Times]


Israel

Protesters march nationwide as unprecedented LGBT strike begins over surrogacy 2018-07-22 [The Times]
Firms to back strike over surrogacy exclusion 2018-07-21 [The Irish Times]
Nationwide strike over gay surrogacy ban 2018-07-21 [Channel News Asia]


Jordan

ILO urges Jordan to address labour rights violations, ratify convention 2018-07-20 [The Times]
Initiative Launched to Protect More Than 200,000 Migrant Workers' Rights 2018-07-09 [Al Bawaba]
Jordan's prime minister quits as protestors demand an end to austerity 2018-06-05 [New York Times]


Kuwait

PAM forms specialist team to deal with cases of domestics 2018-06-24 [Arab Times]
Philippine domestic workers to cost KD 990 as set by MoCI 2018-06-20 [The Times]
After grisly murder, Kuwait and the Philippines face diplomatic crisis over domestic worker abuse 2018-05-04 [PRI]


Lebanon

Building trade union solidarity for human rights and access to quality public services for syrian refugees in Lebanon 2018-06-06 [PSI]
Abused Ethiopian domestic worker is “the poster girl for kafala” in Lebanon 2018-05-22 [Equal Times]
Freedom of speech under threat ahead of parliamentary elections in Lebanon 2018-03-26 [Equal Times]


Libya

Assailants abduct workers at oil facility in Libya 2018-07-15 [The Times-Union]
UN Sanctions Slave Traders 2018-06-11 [ITUC]
Two journalists detained 2018-05-25 [IFJ]


Middle East

“The Gulf is no longer a dream land for Asian migrants” 2018-06-14 [Equal Times]
Declaration on Media Freedom in the Arab World discussed at League of Arab States meeting in Cairo 2018-06-04 [IFJ]
Arab countries’ unions crucial to achieve international goals on education in their region 2018-06-01 [Education International]


Morocco

ITF Inspectors help repatriate abandoned Ukrainian Seafarers 2018-04-19 [ITF]
Women in Morocco, Tunisia Highlight GBV at Work 2018-03-12 [Solidarity Center]
#TimeIsNow: International Women’s Day 2018 2018-03-07 [Solidarity Center]


Oman

Gvt slams rights group report on maid conditions 2017-12-25 [Gulf News ]
Maid abuse: 'How my boss threatened me with acid in Oman' 2017-11-15 [BBC]
HRW submission on discrimination against women workers in Oman 2017-10-13 [HRW]


Palestine

IFJ condemns attacks against media workers by the Palestinian Authority as PJS calls for journalists’ boycott 2018-06-15 [IFJ]
ILO eager to end suffering of Palestinian workers under Israeli occupation 2018-05-29 [KUNA]
BWI Condemns Killings of Palestinian Civilians 2018-05-28 [BWI]


Qatar

Domestic Workers’ Rights Review 2018-06-26 [HRW]
Swiss NCP Commends BWI-FIFA productive dialogue on Qatar 2018-06-06 [BWI]
Workers face old problems despite reform promises 2018-05-10 [The Digital Journal]


Saudi Arabia

“The Gulf is no longer a dream land for Asian migrants” 2018-06-14 [Equal Times]
Labor-recruitment expert Geslani confirms rampant ‘sale’ of domestics 2018-03-01 [The Mirror]
The everyday acts of resistance from migrant domestic workers in Saudi Arabia 2018-01-31 [Equal Times]


Syria

Syrian trade unions on US threats to strike Syria 2018-04-20 [MLToday]
UN Human Rights Council addresses abuse of children’s rights in Syria 2018-03-17 [EI]
Ghouta, Syria: surviving under siege 2018-02-23 [equal times]


Tunisia

Rate hike squeezes workers, consumers and local business 2018-07-03 [ITUC]
Naziha Kdimi: Women Must Persist in Breaking Gender Molds 2018-06-01 [Solidarity Center]
The growing power of Tunisia's labor union 2018-05-22 [al-Monitor]


United Arab Emirates

Sharjah firefighters put out blaze in labour accommodation 2018-03-12 [khaleejtimes]
ITF statement on UAE's new protection for seafarers 2018-01-20 [ITF Global Unions]
Journalists from Switzerland arrested and held for two days in UAE 2017-11-14 [The Local]


Yemen

IFJ demands the release of kidnapped journalist 2018-07-06 [IFJ]
IFJ condemns killing of journalist 2018-06-12 [IFJ]
Three media workers killed in two attacks 2018-04-20 [IFJ]
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