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Algeria

Photogallery: Algeria protests call for civil state and reject sell-out of economic sovereignty 2019-10-19 [MENA Solidarity Network]
Photogallery: Algeria protests call for civil state and reject sell-off of economic sovereignty 2019-10-18 [MENA Solidarity Network]
International unions call on ILO to defend trade unionists facing growing repression 2019-10-17 [IUF]


Bahrain

GFBTU and IDWF Signed MOU on Protection of Domestic Workers’ Rights in Bahrain 2019-06-16 [EIN]
Refugee footballer Hakeem al-Araibi freed 2019-02-13 [ITUC]
Contracts stating rights of domestic workers mandatory from next month 2019-01-05 [GDN]


Egypt

Imprisonment of Uglu Factory workers for 15 days 2019-09-18 [CTUWS]
Sisi signs amendments to law regulating trade unions 2019-08-06 [Today]
Trade union leaders call on Egypt's military regime to release Hisham Fouad and Haitham Mohamedain 2019-07-24 [Socialist Worker]


Iran

Mohammad Davari arrested by intelligence officers 2019-10-11 [SZAC]
Russian journalist arrested 2019-10-07 [IFJ]
Fourteen Haft Tappeh workers arrested on the fourteenth day of their strike 2019-10-07 [SZAC]


Iraq

International organisations call on authorities to protect freedom of speech 2019-10-11 [IFJ]
Education union promotes internal democracy and gender equity and fights climate change 2019-10-09 [Education International]
ITUC calls on Iraqi government to immediately stop crackdown on protests 2019-10-08 [ITUC]


Israel

Invisible Workers 2019-10-07 [Haaretz]
Israeli Minister Plugs Housing Contractor Under Investigation for Worker's Death 2019-10-02 [Haaretz]
Prioritizing workers in Israel 2019-09-26 [Davar]


Jordan

Teachers secure pay raise 2019-10-07 [The New Arab]
New Radio Show in Jordan Showcases Worker Issues 2019-09-26 [Solidarity Center]
Teachers vow to fight on for long-promised raises 2019-09-18 [al Jazeera]


Kuwait

KOC not complying with government & CSC decisions, says KPC workers union 2019-06-10 [MENAFN]
KOC not complying with government & CSC decisions, says KPC workers union 2019-06-09 [The Arab Times]
Kuwait deports 17,000 illegal foreigners in 2018 2019-01-22 [gulfnews]


Lebanon

Protests over taxes threaten Lebanon's political establishment 2019-10-19 [Al Jazeerah]
PPalestinians in Lebanon demand equal labour rights 2019-09-17 [The National]
Time for government to protect press freedom, says IFJ 2019-08-21 [IFJ]


Libya

Union of Oil and Gas Workers demand pay rise 2019-08-26 [The Observer]
NOC calls for safe return of head of oil union taken in east 2019-05-05 [Reuters]
14 Tunisian workers kidnapped in Libya 2019-02-17 [AFP]


Middle East

The decades-old war on Palestinian workers 2019-08-23 [Al Jazeera]
IBF Agrees a Temporary Extended Risk Zone in the Strait of Hormuz 2019-08-13 [ITF]
Crews of Some Ships Can Refuse to Sail Through Hormuz: Union 2019-08-04 [Bloomberg]


Morocco

Workers Protest Morocco’s Moves to Limit Strikes 2019-08-06 [Solidarity Center]
American Labor Organization Urges Morocco to Review Legislation on Labor, Right to Strike 2019-08-04 [MWN]
Casablanca Garbage Workers On Strike 2019-08-04 [MWN]


Oman

Leading the way on workers’ rights in Oman 2019-07-28 [Times of Oman]
400 complaints in a year - and most about salaries: Trade Union 2018-11-06 [The Times]
Empowerment of women through trade unions 2018-10-24 [The Times]


Palestine

Thank you, UK workers, for standing in solidarity with Palestine 2019-10-08 [Labour List]
WAC-MAAN and Kav LaOved demand to stop automatic dues payments by Palestinian workers to the Histadrut, instead allowing workers to choose to join WAC-MAAN 2019-09-29 [WAC-MAAN]
PA isn't paying Gaza’s civil servants as it doesn't possess enough information 2019-09-17 [Al-Monitor]


Qatar

Qatar dismantles kafala system of modern slavery 2019-10-19 [Svenssonstifelsen]
Qatar moves to announce abolishment of kafala system 2019-10-19 [Al Jazeerah]
ITUC: 'Qatar is changing' with the abolition of the kafala system 2019-10-18 [Morning Star]


Saudi Arabia

Khashoggi : A year without justice 2019-10-02 [IFJ]
Saudi Arabia announces new work rules for women 2019-01-21 [khaleejtimes]
IFJ Executive reinforces calls for international action to hold Saudi government accountable for Khashoggi murder 2018-11-22 [IFJ]


Syria

Education International condemns Turkish aggression in Syria 2019-10-18 [Education International]
Two journalists killed and four injured in explosion in northern Syria 2019-10-16 [IFJ]
Fixer, black market money charger, kidnapper: navigating Syria’s dystopian job market 2019-06-06 [Equal Times]


Tunisia

UNI Day Tunisia! 2019-07-10 [UNI Global Union]
PSI affiliates call on governments to restore rescue operations in the Mediterranean Sea 2019-06-26 [PSI]
Abandoned at sea: crew sent home after 13 months marooned off Tunisia 2019-06-10 [ITF]


United Arab Emirates

Mandatory midday break for workers in UAE ends 2019-09-16 [Khaleej times]
Women's union launches Irtiwaa summer campaign for UAE workers 2019-08-23 [Contruction Week]
ITF and UAE step up cooperation 2019-07-08 [ITF]


Yemen

Stop targeting the press, says IFJ 2019-08-22 [IFJ]
Journalist Yahya al-Sawari must be released immediately 2019-07-19 [IFJ]
IFJ demands release of tortured journalists 2019-05-01 [IFJ]
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