Jan 23, 2016, 12:18 PM
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Uganda bans recruitment of workers to Saudi Arabia: Independent

Tehran, Jan 23, IRNA – Government of Uganda banned recruitment of the domestic workers to go to Saudi Arabia due to some reports claiming that the workers have been tortured in Saudi Arabia, the UK Independent reported.

It all started on Monday 18th when an audio recording circulated on Social Media of Ugandans in Saudi Arabia who alleged that they were being tortured.

The audio recording in question featured a number of Ugandan girls in Saudi Arabia claiming to be stuck in a prison and asking for help from the government.

The recording resulted in a lot of public outcry and many think it could have been the peak for government's final decision on the matter.

In a letter written by Muruli Wilson Mukasa, the Minister of Gender, Labor and Social Development of Uganda, it is said 'the ban will remain in force until the conditions are deemed fitting.'

On 7th July 2015, the Uganda Government had signed an agreement with the Ministry of Labor in Saudi Arabia regarding employment of domestic workers from Uganda to Saudi Arabia.

The two countries had also agreed on a Standard Employment Contract which was to govern the employment of Ugandan domestic workers in Saudi Arabia.

In the past there have been numerous complains of abuse by mainly Asian domestic workers against their employees.

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