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Posted On: 12 October 2009 12:47 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:10 pm

Publishing expatriates’ photos slammed

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A top adviser at the National Human Rights Committee has slammed the practice of publishing photos of expatriates going on vacation or leaving the country for good in the local newspaper as a slur, saying that it “denigrates their human dignity and harms social and professional reputation.” Mohamed Fouad, a legal adviser at the NHRC, said the committee will request the local newspapers to find a better mechanism to announce about such notices, which he said, sponsors place in the local dailies in case their sponsored workers went on leave or terminated. “The way of publishing photos of those who are leaving the country and asking persons who might have claims against them to call within three days, gives the impression that the person in the photo is a criminal,” Fouad was quoted as saying by a local Arabic daily. The official also criticised publishing of photos of housemaids which, he said, were placed in newspaper by some recruitment agencies to advertise about their new supply of housemaids. “The NHRC stresses that human being is not an article that can be sold or bought,” he added. He added that the committee had recently detected cases of arbitrary termination made by employers, which he said, were in breach of the contract signed with the employees.