Jordan probing abuse claims

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The Jordan labour minister started investigating allegations of sexual abuse, torture and rape against foreign workers in a garment factory in Jordan’s Al Hassan Industrial Estate (QIZ) reported by a US-based labour advocacy group.

The 82-page report, issued by the Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights (IGLHR), cited testimonies compiled via interviewing foreign workers at Classic Fashion in Al Hassan Industrial Estate alleging systematic rape and torture practised against young Sri Lankan women by compatriots in charge of the outlet.

The ministry’s director of inspection and safety, Adnan Rababaa, told The Jordan Times yesterday that the ministry is dealing with the accusations mentioned in the report with utmost concern and will take action if it finds grounds for these charges.

“We formed an ad hoc committee comprising members of all concerned entities who have already started arbitrary interviews with the labourers in this particular company in order to verify the accusations in the report,” Rababaa said, adding that the ministry will officially respond to the IGLHR report within the coming few days after the investigative committee concludes its mission.

He noted that the interviews with the workers are taking place in the presence of translators in order to ensure better understanding by the workers of the committee’s task force, adding that ministry investigators take all precautionary measures to ensure the workers’ safety from employers’ retaliation.

  Comments - 9

  • DN Monday, 13 June 2011 06:15 PM

    If they proved the allegations, the first person should give the resignation is our so called ' Minister of Labour' , who tried to cover up this incident & the culprits.

    UK TAMIL BOY Monday, 13 June 2011 07:10 PM

    These people are cruel than animals
    and they should be punished by life to death.

    Niv Monday, 13 June 2011 09:24 PM

    Victims are Sri Lankans, but first investigation initiated by Jordan while we say there is no such complaint to investigate.

    Chathu05 Monday, 13 June 2011 10:47 PM

    Well in line with Islam Law - I hope the poor women won't get punished for adultery.

    Silva Tuesday, 14 June 2011 01:24 AM

    Why Resignation, He should be the main person punished for all the cover up.

    bash Tuesday, 14 June 2011 02:39 AM

    sri Lankan SFEB and the ministry officials may have been "PALMED" by the factory owners...... now lets wait and see the results

    ila Tuesday, 14 June 2011 03:06 AM

    karuna or Douglas should be appointed to handle this matter in this area if wikileaks's news is true.

    Roshan Tuesday, 14 June 2011 03:50 AM

    It is shame that our Labour Minister has denied the allegation even without veryfying. Well done Jordanian Labour Minister.

    simple mind Tuesday, 14 June 2011 04:50 AM

    Will the Jordanian officials be bought over just like the SL Ministers and officials? Hope not.

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