November 6, 2015

Seas and Walls: Why do people migrate?

By |6 November 2015|

Recent Caritas report enables a better understanding of the events that force people to become migrants.

October 19, 2015

“I am a walking miracle.” Caritas is a mission

By |19 October 2015|

Caritas is a mission, not a job. Nirmala Wijesinghe who runs a Caritas safe house in Beiruit is one of the many staff and volunteers around the world who illustrate this through their constant dedication and hard work.

August 6, 2015

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    Migrants and asylum seekers are vulnerable to modern slavery

Migrants and asylum seekers are vulnerable to modern slavery

By |6 August 2015|

The most vulnerable to slavery conditions are those who, due to poverty, lack of other possibilities or indebtedness, accept irregular work and fall prey to traffickers who severely exploit them and make it impossible for them to leave.

June 21, 2015

Film: Decent work for domestic workers in Lebanon

By |21 June 2015|

Migrant domestic workers should be treated with the same respect as any other worker: “Treat others as you want to be treated”. That's the message of a film by Caritas Lebanon to coincide with forth anniversary of an internation convention setting labour standards for domestic workers.

February 5, 2015

Day of prayer against human trafficking

By |5 February 2015|

“Governments, employers and consumers need to send a clear signal that trafficking will not be tolerated. The life of Josephine Bakhita inspires us to step up our actions on ending this crime.”

July 24, 2014

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    Caritas urges governments to protect the rights of victims of trafficking

Caritas urges governments to protect the rights of victims of trafficking

By |24 July 2014|

Caritas urges governments to increase efforts to protect the dignity and rights of trafficked people on the first ever World Day of Trafficking in Persons (30th July).

Supporting children of migrant parents in South-East Asia

By |22 July 2014|

As South-East Asians increasingly migrate overseas in search of work, there is concern over the growing number of family members, particularly children, left behind in the home countries.

June 16, 2014

Caritas marks Domestic Workers’ Day

By |16 June 2014|

Caritas has campaigned for countries to ratify the Convention on Domestic Workers as this would offer protection from abuses and reinforce the rights of people who work in other people’s homes either caring for family members or cooking or cleaning.

January 21, 2014

Buying and selling people

By |21 January 2014|

Almost 21 million people are the victims of trafficking. The vast majority are from Asia and are women. Christian organisations supported by Caritas Internationalis are working together to combat trafficking.

Christian organisations tackle labour exploitation

By |16 January 2014|

The anti-trafficking network COATNET will meet in Madrid next week to discuss trafficking for labour exploitation and domestic servitude. Moreover, members of the network will outline their common plan and collective actions for the coming years.

December 17, 2013

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    Caritas is providing aid to Ethiopian migrant workers expelled from Saudi Arabia

Caritas is providing aid to Ethiopian migrant workers expelled from Saudi Arabia

By |17 December 2013|

Caritas is providing aid after tens of thousands of Ethiopian migrant workers are expelled from Saudi Arabia

June 17, 2013

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    “Protected, paid well and pleasurable”: decent work for domestic workers

“Protected, paid well and pleasurable”: decent work for domestic workers

By |17 June 2013|

Caritas campaigned hard to get the convention approved and ensure the rights of domestic workers  were respected. The very nature of domestic work – behind closed doors and hidden from view – means that the terrain is rife for abuses and protective measures are minimal.

May 27, 2013

International Domestic Workers Day

By |27 May 2013|

International Domestic Workers day is on 16th June and it gives us the opportunity to recognise the rights of domestic workers around the world.

January 17, 2013

Death of a housemaid: the tragedy of Rizana Nafeek

By |17 January 2013|

Caritas Sri Lanka Director Fr George Sigamoney says he is deeply upset by the execution of Sri Lankan housemaid Rizana Nafeek in Saudi Arabia on 9 January. Caritas had fought for her release since she was sentenced in 2007 to beheading for strangling a baby she was looking after as a nanny in 2005. Rizana was just a minor herself when the tragedy took place. She maintains that it was an accident caused by her inexperienced efforts to save the baby from choking. "Unfortunately, what we expected to happen happened," he said. "As a representative of the Church and of Caritas I want to express my sorrow and solidarity to Rizana's family. I pray for them that they may have the courage needed to face their pain and get through this moment." "I want to remember Rizana in another way," Fr George said. "As a nation, we must reflect and weep for [...]

November 27, 2012

Domestic workers – ratification campaign

By |27 November 2012|

Across the world, vulnerable people—particularly women—are exploited when they go abroad as domestic workers. With no laws to protect them, housemaids suffer abuse, withheld wages and more. Caritas Internationalis has participated in an international advocacy campaign for the adoption of an ILO Convention regulating domestic work. The Convention (No. 189) with an attached recommendation (No. 201) was adopted on 16 June 2011 during the International Labour Conference in Geneva. It was a major breakthrough and the recognition of domestic work as real work. Caritas has joined with the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) to promote the ratification and implementation of Convention No. 189. The ITUC has launched the “12 by 12” worldwide campaign to have 12 countries, as a start, ratify Convention No. 189 by the end of 2012.

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