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Oman Human Rights Commission dismisses abuse claims by expat worker

In a statement issued online, OHRC refuted the claims made by a domestic worker and termed the allegations as baseless and fabricated.

TAS News Service
August 28, 2019

Muscat: The Oman Human Rights Commission (OHRC) has denied the claims of abuse by a domestic worker at the hands of her employer and termed the allegations as baseless. 

In a statement issued on Wednesday, OHRC said it investigated the case of an African domestic worker, after it received a letter from the 

International Trade Union Confederation, that the worker was abused by an Omani family for whom she worked. “The commission spoke to the worker and also her employer. The employer denied the claims by the domestic worker and said that she fabricated the problems so that she can leave her job. She was not harmed in anyway and the worker created problems for the family, as she was unwilling to work and instead created problems to leave the house,” the statement said. 

Fabricated claims
According to OHRC, the worker wanted to search for another job outside the terms of the contract with them or return to her home country. OHRC also interacted with National Human Trafficking Committee (NHTC), which is supervised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

The Committee, immediately sent a team to the domestic worker’s residence and conducted an investigation, the commission’s statement revealed. It was then concluded that all of the worker’s allegations were baseless and incorrect, and were an attempt to leave her employer and look for another job, in violation of the applicable law.

The NHTC took the domestic worker to an accredited health center for medical examinations. “Due to the efforts of the Ministry of Manpower, the Royal Oman Police (ROP) has kept her in a safe safe place and will smooth return to home,” the statement added. 

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