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Is the deployment ban of Filipino workers to Kuwait misconceived?

East Asia Forum, Philippines, 6 March 2020 - In December 2019, Filipina household worker Jeanelyn Villavende was raped and brutally killed by her employers in Kuwait, mirroring the case of another Filipina household worker Joanna Demafelis whose body was found in a freezer in early 2018. These murders highlight an important issue as Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte again imposed a deployment ban of Filipino workers to Kuwait in January, this time lasting around a month.

The issue of how the bilateral labour agreement signed between the Philippines and Kuwait is being implemented to ensure the welfare and safety of about 260,000 Filipinos living in Kuwait — the majority of whom household workers — needs to be urgently addressed.

The Philippines’ 2018 attempted rescue of some Filipino domestic workers in Kuwait following news of Demafelis’ death embarrassed the Kuwaiti government. A diplomatic crisis ensued when then Philippine ambassador to Kuwait Renato Villa was declared persona non-grata by the Kuwaiti government and given a week to leave.

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Source: https://www.eastasiaforum.org/2020/03/06/is-the-deployment-ban-of-filipino-workers-to-kuwait-misconceived/

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