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The Sri Lanka Foreign Employment Bureau had decided to blacklist all Lankan migrant workers who return after being convicted in the Middle Eastern countries for various crimes.

Most of these workers had been found guilty for allegedly staying without Visas and working and other places, escaping from house holds, robbery, engaging in prostitution and for flouting the laws of the country where they were employed. They are all to be blacklisted said the Chairman of  SLFEB Amal Senadhilankara.

The SLFEB officers also said that escaping from their employers had become a racket among the house maids and regular reports of these incidents had been pouring into the bureau.

With the proposed blacklisting, these workers would be prohibited from obtaining foreign employment in the Middle East and thereby they could minimize the number of issues surfacing in those countries relating to migrant workers.

Twelve countries including Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, and Jordan would come under this blacklisting.

Records indicate that at present about 1.7 million Sri Lankans were serving in the Middle Eastern countries, and about 500 of them are presently detained at centres of the Embassies in those countries.

It is expected to enact this rule as from September 2012 and necessary action is now in progress Chairman Senadhilankara said. (ISA)
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  • Nari Sabry Wednesday, 11 July 2012 09:13 AM

    Try him again in our court of law to see if he was really guilty or not.

    Shifan Wednesday, 11 July 2012 09:25 AM

    @Mohammed how can u say that the justice is prevailing...they have two laws...one for Arabs n another for foreigners....

    vijay marimuthu Wednesday, 11 July 2012 04:54 AM

    It is unfair with innocent victims who were mishandled by the employers. Especially housemaids facing untold hardships in some of the houses in Saudi Arabia. Mostly Domestic helpers are treated as household, not human being. No regular working hours, no proper food, accommodation and clothing.
    There are laws to protect foreign workers in paper but not in practical. My opinion is that whoever convicted criminal in middle east should re-investigated according to international standard.

    Apsara Wednesday, 11 July 2012 09:40 AM

    How about black listing WW. Pls. see the protest at SEC today.

    Apsara

    Mohammed Wednesday, 11 July 2012 05:45 AM

    good move to safe guard the name of our country. Like in Qatra if there is any big robbery happend first the police pointing the finger to Sri Lankan. Becuase they are the mastermind for all the big cases.

    Lal Suranjith Wednesday, 11 July 2012 06:27 AM

    black list corrupt politicians first, then start clean up else where

    Concerned Citizen Wednesday, 11 July 2012 06:47 AM

    Should individuals be penalised based on the legal system of a different country? Are we sure that he/she was accused of a crime that he/she didn't commit?

    Mudiyanse Hakmana Wednesday, 11 July 2012 01:27 AM

    What about blacklisting local criminals? At least those migrant workers bring foreign currency,those who steal public money while living in Sri lanka get duty free permits and pensions.!
    Start educating children not to steal from young age not black list only the people loot outside the country.


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