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CNN reports about wave of suicides of migrants in Lebanon

On December 3, 2009

Olivia Sterns of CNN reported Wednesday on the suicides and deaths of 10 migrant domestic workers in Lebanon between October-November, saying the deaths show the government is "doing too little to protect migrant domestic workers from severe abuse."

"In August, the Philippines Embassy reported that 117 women who had escaped from maltreatment were sleeping on the embassy floor," the article says. "The Catholic relief organization CARITAS also estimated that they have an average of 40 runaway domestics sleeping in their shelter at any one time."

The author also points out that while the Lebanese government issued standardized contracts for domestic workers, granting them a day off each week, the contracts are not being enforced.