Kafala Law in Lebanon places foreign workers at risk

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Kafala Law is a sponsorship system which allows foreign domestic workers and labourers to gain employment across the Middle East and Arab Gulf.

In Lebanon this law excludes foreign workers from Lebanon’s Labor Law protections, including their requirements for a minimum wage, limits on working hours and freedom of association.

Human rights organisations have voiced that the law needs reform so that workers’ visas are no longer tied to individual sponsors so that they are able to terminate employment without the consent of their sponsors.

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