Rabat - Indonesia will prohibit its citizens from working as domestic servants in Morocco and twenty other Arab and Muslim countries, reports say.
Rabat – Indonesia will prohibit its citizens from working as domestic servants in Morocco and twenty other Arab and Muslim countries, reports say.
The decision comes about three weeks after the beheading of two female Indonesian domestic workers in Saudi Arabia.
Muhammad Hanif Dhkari, Indonesian Minister of Labour, issued on Monday May 5th, a ministerial decree to stop exporting maids to 21 Arab and Muslim countries, including Morocco, as abuses against these workers have continued despite signing agreements with the countries that import them to protect their rights.
In addition to Morocco, the countries concerned by this decision are: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Iraq, Iran, Kuwait, Jordan, Lebanon, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Qatar, South Sudan, Tunisia and Qatar.
Domestic workers are an important source for Indonesia as they contribute to the country’s economy via remittances sent back home. In Saudi Arabia alone, there is an estimated 1.5 million Indonesians workers, many of them work as domestic maids.