Stop the deportation of the domestic workers & activists: Sujana and Rosa

Contributors: Anti-Racism Movement

Call for Solidarity for the immediate release of Sujana and Rose – two courageous migrant domestic workers in Lebanon who were arrested because of their trade union activities.


Update on 12/12/16

Dear Friends,
Finally Sujana Deported to Nepal, she is in our contact now. But Rosa Maya is in custody till date. We are trying to solve issues,
Thank you,
Nisha Baniya
on behalf of GEFONT Nepal

Common Statement
Beirut 9/12/16

Read the original statement on the Anti-Racism Movement’s Facebook

We the undersigned organizations, have been informed that Sujana Muni Rana and Rose Limu Jee, Nepalese nationals and members of the Domestic Workers Union have been have been arrested last week (Sujana 9 days ago and Rose 5 days ago) and are currently detained by the General Security in Beirut, Lebanon. We were also informed that Sujana is under threat of being deported on Saturday, December 10, 2016. Still, we have no information on Rose’s legal status.

Read more: Lebanon: Lebanon deports a domestic worker and holds another

The reasons behind the arrests are still unclear as the Lebanese General Security did not release any statement or official accusations. Sujana and Rose have legal residency and work permits in Lebanon. They were taken and arrested from their employers’ house. We are extremely concerned about their arrest and the sudden, very fast decision to deport them without any judicial oversight or without them being allowed to receive visits or assign a lawyer.

We would like to remind the Lebanese authorities that Lebanon has ratified the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) which is considered to be a part of the Lebanese Constitution. Accordingly, article 13 of the ICCPR states that an alien lawfully in the territory of the State may be expelled therefrom only in pursuance of a decision reached in accordance with law and shall be allowed to submit the reasons against his/her expulsion and has the right to assign a lawyer to represent her/him.

Sujana and are defenders of domestic workers rights in Lebanon, and have exerted efforts for years in documenting and exposing violations against migrant domestic workers caused by the Kafala/sponsorship system in Lebanon. This system, which is based on administrative instructions, links the legal stay of a domestic worker in Lebanon with one employer where she has no right to change this employer without their consent. Moreover, it does not grant any legal protection to migrant domestic workers as they are explicitly excluded from the Lebanese Labour Law. Thereby, the Kafala system denies them from the right to freedom of movement, rest, minimum wage, and several other basic human rights, most importantly right for assembly and association.

The case of Sujana and Rose today proves yet again the legal vulnerability of migrant domestic workers are in Lebanon as their fate is always fully controlled by the authorities and employers. The latest action by the General Security raises the suspicions on the possibility of the existence of discriminatory measures against the defenders of human rights and the right to freedom of association guaranteed in the Preamble of the Lebanese Constitution.

Based on the above, we ask of the General Security to:

  • Halt the decision to deport Sujana and Rosa immediately and provide with them enough time to assign a lawyer and get a fair trial and appeal the decision to deport them according to due process of law based on article 13 of the International Covenant on Political and Civil Rights.
  • Immediately release Sujana and Rosa due to the suspicion that their arrest was on the ground of their union work, and in all cases officially disclose the reasons behind their arrest and detainment in view of the gravity of abuse and infringement in similar cases.
  • Abstain from any discriminatory measures against Sujana and Rosa on the ground of their human rights and union work in respect to the right of freedom of association protected by the Lebanese Constitution and International Covenants and Conventions, especially in the context of the legal and practical imbalance existing in the current relation between domestic workers and employers.
  • Suspend the sponsorship system, which creates an easy entry point for human trafficking and for ample human rights abuses.


  1. IDWF- International Domestic Workers Federation
  2. ITUC- International Trade Union Confederation
  3. Anti-Racism Movement
  4. Legal Agenda المفكرة القانونية
  5. KAFA (enough) Violence & Exploitation
  6. Pravasi Nepali Coordination Committee (PNCC)- Nepal
  7. Ruwad Houkouk Frontiers Rights
  8. Women Human Rights Defenders Network
  9. Cldh Ngo
  10. Tamkeen Centre
  11. Insan Association: Defending Human Rights
  12. ANMR: Arab Network for Migrant Rights
  13. Migrant Services and Development
  14. The George Kossaifi Organization
  15. Zoukak theatre company & cultural association
  16. Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK)- Bangladesh
  17. Pravasi Nepali Coordination Committee (PNCC)- Nepal
  19. Arab Trade Union Confederation
  20. Migrant Forum Asia

(Open for signatures from trade unions and organizations)

Source: Anti-Racism Movement

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