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Migrant workers deserve government protection

 The whole of Sri Lanka mourned Rizana Nafeek, the Sri Lankan domestic worker who was beheaded by Saudi Arabian authorities on January 9.


Nafeek was sentenced to death in 2007 for killing the four-month-old baby son of her employer.


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One Billion Rise Up against violence against women


HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : Around 500 people danced to end violence against women in Chater Road on February 10, as part of the worldwide One Billion Rising Up campaign which planned to have one billion women dance in solidarity on Valentine’s Day, February 14.


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Sri Lankan migrant worker beheaded in Saudi Arabia

RIYADH (UCAN) : A Sri Lankan domestic worker, Rizana Nafeek, was beheaded in Saudi Arabia on January 9 for the killing of an infant in her care.

She had been sentenced to death in October 2010 after being found guilty of the death of the four-month-old baby of her Saudi employer in 2005.

She was 17-years-old at the time, too young to be granted a visa for such work, but she travelled to Saudi Arabia on forged identification papers that listed her age as 23.

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Scrapping levy belated relief

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : Migrant rights workers welcomed the scrapping of the levy on the employers of foreign domestic workers, saying it will be a relief to both groups.

Although the levy has been in abeyance since 2008, the chief executive of Hong Kong, Leung Chun-ying announced the abolition of the levy on foreign domestic workers during his 2013 Policy Address on January 16.

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Emirates offers amnesty on work visas

MANILA (UCAN) : The Philippine labour secretary, Rosalinda Baldoz, announced on January 2 that the government of the United Arab Emirates is offering a visa amnesty to the hundreds and thousands of Filipinos in the country whose visas have run out.

Baldoz encouraged undocumented workers to regularise their situation while they have the opportunity, as the amnesty is only on offer from December 4 through to 3 February 2013.

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Filipino workers the pride of the pack

MANILA (Agencies) : “Overseas Filipino workers are worth everyone’s admiration and appreciation, not only for the remittances they send back home, but for their outstanding contribution in building the countries around the world in which they labour,” the director of the International Labour Organisation, Guy Ryder, was quoted by CBCP News as saying.

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Migrant workers cop 
lop-sided share of fees

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : United Filipinos in Hong Kong claims that with the proclamation of Administrative Order No. 31 by the administration of Noynoy Aquino on October 1, migrant workers will cop a disproportionate bevy of fees and government charges for services.

The administrative order is demanding that all government departments, government corporations and bureaus rationalise their fee structure, and “increase their existing rates and impose new fees and charges.”

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Be concerned about your health as much as your job

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : To help migrant workers be more aware of health issues, Caritas Asia Migrant Workers Social Service Project launched a monthly Chinese medicine consultation for members in May last year.

A social worker and team leader of the project, Wesley Man Siu-chun, told Mabuhay that the programme has been well accepted  and welcomed by migrant workers, who mostly report problems from the overwork syndrome, like shoulder, wrist and back pains, as well as  menstrual problems.

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International campaign sees convicted worker in Taiwan get a fair deal


HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : Helen Gayta Carumba, a 49-year old Filipino migrant worker in Taiwan, who was arrested and detained by the National Immigration Agency in Taiwan for falsification of her travel documents on March 30 this year, got a taste of freedom on  September 18.

Found guilty to the charge that she did not deny, she was sentenced by the court to 12 months imprisonment, later reduced to ten. 

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Tears and cheers for up in wages

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : There were tears and cheers among reactions to the announcement from the Hong Kong government that migrant domestic workers would receive a $180 wage rise, applicable on all contracts signed on or after September 21.