INDONESIA will stop sending new domestic workers to 21 Middle Eastern countries, reports said yesterday, after the recent execution of two Indonesian women in Saudi Arabia angered Jakarta.
The ban affects countries including Saudi Arabia — a major destination for Indonesian maids — United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain and Egypt, and will come into effect in three months’ time, Manpower Minister Hanif Dhakiri was cited as saying in local media.
Jakarta, which has long complained about the treatment of Indonesian maids in the Middle East, had already placed a moratorium on sending new helpers to Saudi Arabia in 2011 following the beheading of a worker.
The new move is meant to be permanent. Maids already working in the affected countries will be allowed to stay and continue in their positions.
Indonesia’s anger at the executions of its citizens abroad comes despite the fact that Jakarta last week executed seven foreign drug convicts, drawing a storm of international protest.
“According to the law, the government has the right to stop the placement of migrant workers in particular countries if it is believed that their employment degrades human values and the dignity of the nation,” Dhakiri was quoted as saying by state-run news agency Antara.
Wed, May 6th, 2015