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As If I Am Not Human: Abuses Against Asian Domestic Workers by Human Rights Watch

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According to the Saudi Minister of Labor, Dr. Ghazi al-Qusaibi, There are currently about 350 recruiting labor agencies. We will introduce radical reforms to reduce the number to three big agencies, with resources, supervised by the government. We keep closing the bad agencies but new ones come, and we close them…. We want to have requirements that the agents must have a university education and a financial deposit. So many agencies have meager resources, they are small shops with one or two people working there.

K. Abdul Ghafour, “New Measures to Help Workers,” Arab News, February 1, 2007. 63 Ministry of Labor, “Guidebook for Expatriates Recruited for Work in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” 2006. 64 Human Rights Watch interview with Dr. Ghazi al-Qusaibi, December 3, 2006. Dr. Ghazi al-Qusaibi did not specify when this change was introduced or by what mechanism. 65 Human Rights Watch interview with Mohamed Rashid Al-Suleiman, director, Expatriate Workers’ Care Department, Ministry of Labor, Riyadh, December 13, 2006.

63 Ministry of Labor, “Guidebook for Expatriates Recruited for Work in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” 2006. 64 Human Rights Watch interview with Dr. Ghazi al-Qusaibi, December 3, 2006. Dr. Ghazi al-Qusaibi did not specify when this change was introduced or by what mechanism. 65 Human Rights Watch interview with Mohamed Rashid Al-Suleiman, director, Expatriate Workers’ Care Department, Ministry of Labor, Riyadh, December 13, 2006. html (accessed October 16, 2007). “As If I Am Not Human” 32 The Saudi government has yet to adopt the major reforms required to provide adequate protection to domestic workers, though some of these reforms are under consideration.

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