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OHRC responds to ill-treatment claims by Chad expat women

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Muscat: The Oman Human Rights Commission (OHRC) has issued a statement that followed a video clip in which some officials and a few women appeared in the Republic of Chad, claiming they returned from the Sultanate of Oman after they were subject to ill-treatment by their employers.

OHRC said that it contacted the competent authorities in the Sultanate of Oman to get into the truth of the matter and to correct any legal or transgression of human rights towards the women referred to in the video clip.

OHRC's observations were:

Women referred to in the video clip from the Republic of Chad were working under employment contracts as per the law and procedures followed in Oman and in agreement and satisfaction with the employers.

Only one of them filed a complaint with the competent authorities due to a dispute between her and the employer, and the matter was settled legally, and she accepted to return to work again.

OHRC confirmed through the competent authorities that all of the women referred to were not subjected to forced labor or human trafficking, as all documents with the competent authorities prove that they did not submit any complaint. OHRC also did not receive any communication in this regard.

After the competent authorities in the Republic of Chad asked the concerned authorities in the Sultanate of Oman to assist in facilitating the return of their nationals to their countries, the competent authorities in Oman, as a matter of mutual cooperation between the two sides, took all the necessary steps in terms of providing

travel tickets, including their financial dues for the time they were employed.

OHRC considers that the case was only within the framework of a dispute or lack of agreement between the employers and women, and this is normal for it to happen sometimes and is governed by laws, legislation, and procedures of the terms of the contract between the worker and the employer, and that any violation by the two parties can be reported to the authorities, which include the Ministry of Labor, the Royal Oman Police, and other concerned authorities.

The Committee said that claims made in the video clips were exaggerated and even contrary to the truth as if there had been any infringement of the rights of the Chadian women, it would have been possible that they were reported to the concerned authorities in Oman and before their travel to investigate any abuse and thus redress them in accordance with the law.

However, no complaint was lodged by them or by the competent authorities in the Republic of Chad that followed up on their case.

OHRC said reporting any complaint to the competent authorities is available around the clock to all citizens and residents of Oman, and it also welcomes any communication or follow-up from any external party working to protect human rights.

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