Jordan should immediately allow 24 Sri Lankan former domestic workers, many of whom were allegedly abused by their employers, to return home, Human Rights Watch said today.
The workers have been stranded in Amman since January 2011, unable to pay government-imposed fines and threatened with eviction.
Jordan is in effect punishing these workers for escaping abusive households by piling on daily fines that prevent them from returning to their families. Meanwhile, the employers, who abused the women and, as the law requires, should pay the fines, go unpunished.
Christoph Wilcke, senior Middle East researcher at Human Rights Watch
See Human Rights Watch website http://www.hrw.org/en/news/2011/04/08/jordan-abused-domestic-workers-stranded