“Egyptians Abroad Under Pressures of Sponsor System, Means of Living," Rights Report
|Thursday, September 25,2008 04:09|
|By Mustafa Radwan|
Egyptian Organization for Human Rights revealed in its report of Wednesday September 24, entitled “Egyptians abroad, under pressures of sponsor system and means of living," which tackled, through monitoring and documenting, the sponsor system applied in the Arab countries, the risks that Egyptian labor is exposed to under this system, and the most important criticisms against it in the light of its violation of the fundamental human rights and especially the right to work and transport.
While in the case of confronting the sponsor, the worker will expose to detention without legal justification, through the absolute powers granted to the sponsor which gives him the right to prevent the worker from transport and travel only with the sponsor’s permission, and gives him the right to confiscate the worker’s passport forcing him to waive his rights for travel for fear of being subjected to arbitrary detention.
Those rights that ensure the protection of the worker, the right to choose the kind of work and to accept it freely, the right to receive enough wages, the right to work on a definite day, and paid breaks, the right to equal wages in the same work, the right to equal treatment, and the right to ensure healthy and safe working conditions.
The report called for establishing a public committee for caring of Egyptians all over the world, and a private one in those countries applying the sponsor system, with the condition of forming this committee of representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Interior Ministry, Ministry of Manpower and those organizations concerned of travel and migration of Egyptian workers abroad.
The report called the Ministry of Manpower to provide lectures mandatory for workers to make them aware of their rights before traveling, prepare and update the database for those who want to work abroad at the national level, and create new mechanisms for preparing and counting numbers of Egyptian workers and migrants abroad.
It also pointed out to take in account the necessary measures which are important for canceling this system and reinforcing equal opportunities and equal treatment for Egyptian labor abroad, to find ways that would get rid of all the negative points of that system, to find the necessary mechanisms for coordination with international, Arab and African organizations to preserve Egyptian workers’ rights abroad as a result of regional or international emergency crises.
The report suggested developing the labor legislations in accordance with the international agreements, together with the technical departments incompatible to the international agreements and documents of human rights.