New Saudi Law for Domestic Workers

Saudi Arabia announced on Tuesday new rules to protect the rights of foreign domestic workers, most of whom are from South Asia, but stressed they must “respect” Islam and “obey” their employers.

Labour Minister Adel Faqih said the new rules require employers to pay workers “the agreed monthly salary without delay, and give them a day off each week”, in remarks carried by the official SPA news agency.

The next day Saudi Arabia banned Ethiopian workers from entering the country following reports of crimes against children committed by Ethiopian maids, SPA said.