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Hong Kong domestic workers treated as 'slaves'

Amnesty International on Thursday condemned the "slavery-like" conditions faced by thousands of Indonesian women who work in Hong Kong as domestic staff, accusing authorities of "inexcusable" inaction. Its report, "Exploited for Profit, Failed by Governments", comes just weeks after a Hong Kong couple were jailed for a shocking string of attacks on their Indonesian domestic helper, including burning her with an iron and beating her with a bike chain.

UN urges Qatar to improve migrant labour conditions

A top UN official on Sunday urged Qatar to improve conditions for foreign labourers, as the Gulf emirate builds a massive infrastructure for the 2022 football World Cup. "Many migrants face human rights violations in the workplace," said the UN special rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, Francois Crepeau, concluding an eight-day visit to Qatar, which has come under fire over the alleged exploitation of workers. "Some are not paid their wages, or are paid less than agreed," he said.

UN urges Qatar to improve migrant labour conditions

A top UN official on Sunday urged Qatar to improve conditions for foreign labourers, as the Gulf emirate builds a massive infrastructure for the 2022 football World Cup. "Many migrants face human rights violations in the workplace," said the UN special rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, Francois Crepeau, concluding an eight-day visit to Qatar, which has come under fire over the alleged exploitation of workers. "Some are not paid their wages, or are paid less than agreed," he said.

Rioting erupts in Moscow after killing blamed on migrant

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Demonstrators, some chanting racist slogans, vandalized a shopping center and scuffled with police in a Moscow neighborhood on Sunday after the killing of a young man that residents blamed on a migrant from the Caucasus. Protests over the death in the southern Biryulyovo district began peacefully until a group of young men began smashing windows in the shopping center.

China mall villas just pie in the sky

Twenty-five luxury villas built on top of a Chinese shopping mall have become migrant workers' residences after authorities declared them illegal, state media said Tuesday. The houses, covering an area about the size of three football pitches, were built in 2009 on the roof of a multi-storey construction materials and furniture mall in Hengyang, the China Daily said. Pictures show the houses -- with bright blue roofs and pastel yellow walls -- mixing architectural styles, with wraparound verandahs and some having vaguely Germanic towers attached.

Migrant worker wins human rights case after he and co-workers called 'monkeys'

TORONTO - A St. Lucian migrant worker who was called "a monkey" while working at a farm in Ontario and fired after he complained about it has been awarded $23,500 by the province's human rights tribunal. Adrian Monrose, 38, came to Canada to help support his mother, two children, 16 siblings and numerous nieces and nephews. He arrived in Leamington, Ont., in 2009 for a second stint at Double Diamond Acres Ltd. under the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program.

China migrants rush home to help quake-hit families

Moments after the start of his daily grind as a construction worker in northern China, Xia Donghai's world came crashing down with news that a terrifying earthquake had struck his hometown almost a thousand miles away. With all communications down in Lushan county in the southwestern province of Sichuan, Xia's only way of knowing if his family had survived was to set off on an epic journey that would deliver either relief or tragedy.

Greeks in pre-trial detention for migrant shooting

A Greek fruit exporter and three foremen arrested over a near-deadly shooting attack against migrant labourers were placed in pre-trial detention on Monday, police said. The four men were arrested in the Peloponnese peninsula last week after the incident in which around 30 strawberry pickers demanding long-overdue pay were wounded, some of them seriously. The Supreme Court prosecutor on Monday said the victims would be granted special protection to prevent their deportation so they can testify.

Greeks in pre-trial detention for migrant shooting

A Greek fruit exporter and three foremen arrested over a near-deadly shooting attack against migrant labourers were placed in pre-trial detention on Monday, police said. The four men had been arrested in the Peloponnese peninsula last week after the incident in which around 30 strawberry pickers demanding long-overdue pay were wounded, some of them seriously. The Supreme Court prosecutor on Monday said the victims would be granted special protection to prevent their deportation so they can testify.

Suspected shooters arrested for migrant attack: Greek police

Greek police on Friday arrested three men who allegedly shot and wounded almost 30 migrant strawberry pickers who had demanded long-overdue pay, an official said. "The three men have been arrested" a police source told AFP. The suspects, who work as strawberry field foremen, were caught in the town of Amaliada in the southern Peloponnese peninsula, a few kilometres (miles) from the village of Manolada where the attack occurred on Wednesday.
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