Amnesty International's report raises concerns over working conditions of Indian migrant workers in Saudi Arabia

India: Exploited dreams: dispatches from Indian migrant workers in Saudi Arabia

 The report, Exploited Dreams: Dispatches from Indian migrant workers in Saudi Arabia, highlights cases of migrant workers from Kerala who were deceived about their jobs, wages and working conditions by Indian visa brokers and rogue recruiting agents. Many workers went on to face a range of abuses in Saudi Arabia, which at their worst included forced labour.

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29 July 2014

UAE Exchange & Amnesty International India launch campaign to promote safe migration to Gulf

Author: UAEXCHANGE

UAE Exchange India and Amnesty International India have launched a new campaign aimed at preventing the exploitation and abuse of migrant workers bound for Gulf countries…The ‘Go to Gulf with rights’ campaign will provide information about safe migration to prospective migrant workers with a safe migration booklet, pamphlet, and a toll free telephone number….The campaign will provide information about migrant workers’ rights under Indian and international law, legally authorized channels for migration, pre-departure training programs, and the risks of irregular migration.

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7 July 2014

Amnesty International alleges govt’s failure in providing protection to Indian migrant workers in Saudi Arabia

Author: UCA News

Indian migrant workers from Kerala face chronic rights abuses abroad", UCA News, 4 July 2014

Migrants from Indian's southern Kerala state working in Saudi Arabia are “vulnerable to serious human rights violations”, according to a new report released on Friday by the rights group Amnesty International India...“Indian migrant workers’ miseries start from the day of the recruitment to Saudi Arabia, as many of them pay more than 200,000 Indian rupees (US$3,400) to get a free job visa which does not guarantee a regular employment. But the Indian government does nothing to protect the rights of the migrant workers from human rights abuses including forced labor and human trafficking,” the report said, referring to corruption in the granting of work visas. G Ananthapadmanabhan, chief executive of Amnesty International India, said Indian workers from Kerala in Saudi Arabia, which number more than half a million, were often at the mercy of their employers. “Many workers complained that they were forced to work 15 to 18 hours a day without a day off. The majority of them do not get their salaries, and some of them were not paid for several months by their employers in Saudi Arabia...It is time that migrant workers’ rights get the protection they deserve...A spokesperson at the Ministry of External Affairs acknowledged on Friday “there are certain issues relating to labor contracts in Gulf countries” but added that the Indian government “was committed to protecting the interests of the workers there”. 

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7 July 2014

Report [PDF] : India: Exploited dreams: Dispatches from Indian migrant workers in Saudi Arabia

Author: Amnesty International

"India: Exploited dreams: Dispatches from Indian migrant workers in Saudi Arabia", Amnesty International" 4 July 2014

Every day, close to 1,000 Indian low-wage migrant workers are provided with emigration clearances to travel to Saudi Arabia. However, Indian migrant workers can often face serious exploitation and deception during the migration process, leading to serious human rights abuses in Saudi Arabia which, at worst, includes forced labour. This report examines the systemic factors in the pre-departure phase of the migration process that contribute to the exploitation and deception of migrant workers by individual brokers and recruiting. It also documents the human rights abuses migrant workers encountered during their employment and residence in Saudi Arabia.

 

 

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6 July 2014

Lack of effective regulation makes Indian migrant workers vulnerable to serious human rights abuses, says Amnesty International India

Author: Amnesty International

India: Government must value migrant workers for more than the billions they send home, Amnesty International, 4 July 2014

The lack of effective regulation of visa brokers and rogue recruiting agents makes Indian migrant workers vulnerable to serious human rights abuses, said Amnesty International India today in a new report focusing on migrants from the Indian state of Kerala working in Saudi Arabia...Migrant workers reported working regularly for between 15 to 18 hours without a day off, and without being compensated for overtime. Some were subjected to threats and beatings by their employers, had their passports and residency permits confiscated and were denied exit permits to return home...Few sought any remedy after they returned home, or were aware of their rights under law or existing mechanisms for redress. 

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