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Amnesty Int’l accuses Qatar of failing to protect domestic workers

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An international human rights group has slammed Qatar for failing to protect foreign maids and other domestic workers from exploitation, adding pressure on the Gulf state over its labor practices as it gears up to host the 2022 World Cup.

Posted: April 23rd, 2014 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Middle East & Africa | Read More »

Saudi deports quarter million migrants in 3 months

The sun sets behind the minarets of Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud Islamic University mosque in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. AP FILE PHOTO

Saudi Arabia says it has deported “more than a quarter million” foreign migrant workers from the kingdom over the past three months.

Posted: January 22nd, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

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Life is a struggle for OFWs

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We received a sobering letter from an overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) mom in Italy named Darry Domingo, who is longing to see her family again. “I feel so sad. It’s really very hard to be away from your loved ones. Being an OFW is not easy. How I wish they were here with me now. I really miss my kids. I feel guilty because I am far from my kids. I want them to always remember that I love them so much and will make it up to them.”

Posted: August 25th, 2013 in Blogs,Columnists,Featured Columns,Global Pinoy | Read More »

Marooned in Malta, 21 Filipino seamen seek help

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DFA spokesman Raul Hernandez. INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

Twenty-one Filipino seafarers aboard a cargo ship have been adrift off the port of Malta for months and are seeking compensation from Taiwanese employers alleged to have virtually abandoned them at sea with no fuel and limited food and water.

Posted: August 13th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

July is sex-abuse probers’ target

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The team tasked by the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) to look into the alleged sexual exploitation of distressed migrant workers by Philippine labor officials in the Middle East is expected to come out with the results of its fact-finding investigation in the next few weeks.

Posted: June 26th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

OFW refugee camp set up next to PH embassy in Saudi

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A British national living in this city “working for a large international company” sent INQUIRER.net US Bureau photos of the Filipino refugee camp that “established itself next to the Philippine Embassy.”

Posted: April 16th, 2013 in Americas,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Comelec reinstates 238,000 OFWs on absentee voters’ list

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Commission on Elections Chairman Sixto Brillantes. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The 238,000 overseas Filipino workers who were earlier removed from the official voters’ list by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) will be able to cast their ballots on May 13 after all.

Posted: March 6th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

The ubiquitous Pinoy

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It was troubling to see the photograph on the front page of Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post on Jan. 19 of a patient lying apparently unconscious, his head heavily bandaged and in a neck-brace, with Algerian Minister Youcef Yousfi and a doctor looking anxiously down at him. The photo caption only said it was a “freed Filipino hostage” and the accompanying AFP (Agence France Presse) report did not identify him.

Posted: January 27th, 2013 in Global Pinoy | Read More »

Filipino jobseekers eyeing Lebanon warned about human traffickers

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The Bureau of Immigration on Thursday warned Filipinos eyeing employment in Lebanon to be wary of human traffickers after the agency caught five human trafficking victims on their way there.

Posted: January 10th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories,Middle East & Africa,Philippines | Read More »

Over 200K migrant voters given another chance to be counted in 2013 polls

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The Commission on Elections is giving some 230,000 overseas Filipino workers, who are facing removal from the official voters’ list for the upcoming midterm elections, a second chance to be counted.

Posted: December 10th, 2012 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

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