7th APRIL 2015 - Vol.XXXVIII No.018

Give more respect to workers

BAHRAIN is trying to fight back at the US State Department's report blacklisting the country for not doing enough to stop human trafficking.

It is a shame to know that our country has joined the list of countries considered offenders of human trafficking where men and women are exploited for the purposes of involuntary servitude and labour.

Just a few days back Bahrain took part in the 96th ILO Assembly in Geneva upholding Bahrain's commitment to protect the rights of foreign workers with human principles and international legislation. Not to forget, the rights of migrant workers in Asia and Arab regions were discussed at the first of its kind international conference in Qatar.

And after all this, comes the news of the plight of four Indian workers who were locked by their sponsor for asking him to pay their salaries!

Organising and attending such conferences to protect the rights of people working for us is not going to change the mindset and attitude of people here employing these poor Asian workers. They consider that people working under them are not human beings and do not have rights to earn and live a dignified life just because they come here from countries which cannot give them a decent standard of living!

What is required are strict laws to punish them who exploit people working for them by taking advantage of their helpless situation in a foreign country.

If you hire people to work for you, treat them with dignity and respect. And if you don't like them or they are not good enough, release them.

Might is right here, that's how I see it.

Umm Fayez

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