Oman issues human rights handbook for workers amid labor abuse claims

Concrete works at a construction site in Oman, Nov. 29, 2015. (Shutterstock)
Updated 11 January 2018
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Oman issues human rights handbook for workers amid labor abuse claims

DUBAI: A handbook on human rights has been issued for expat workers in Oman after a series of complaints were made claiming abuse, Times of Oman reported on Wednesday.
The guide outlines various ways of resolving complaints made by workers against their employers.
The information for migrant workers includes advice not to take illegal actions, such as “leaving work, going on strike or running away,” as these actions could lead to legal actions being taken against them. Instead the guide suggests workers discuss problems with their employer first.
“The OHRC received and monitored a number of labor cases related to the non-Omani labor force in recent times,” an Oman Human Rights Commission spokesman explained. They added: “Most of these cases involved domestic workers and other labor issues relating to salaries, adequate housing, and other rights.”
It also states that labor syndicates and trade unions should be involved. According to the report, there are more than 230 syndicates and trade unions in Oman.
In situations where people have been brought into the country illegally through human trafficking or are used illegally beyond the terms of their employment contract, the handbook advises that people should approach the National Committee for Combating Human Trafficking.


Two-headed turtle born in Malaysia

Updated 18 July 2019
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Two-headed turtle born in Malaysia

  • While rare, it was not the first time a two-headed baby turtle has been found
  • Green turtles are one of the largest sea turtles

KUALA LUMPUR: A two-headed baby turtle has been born in Malaysia, captivating conservationists, but it only survived a few days after being discovered.
It was found Monday on Mabul island, off the Malaysian part of Borneo, in a nest alongside more than 90 other recently hatched green turtles.
David McCann, marine biologist and conservation manager for group SJ SEAS — which oversees the nesting site — said the creature was “utterly fascinating.”
“The right head seems to control the front right flipper, and the left head the front left flipper. Yet they are capable of coordinating their movements in order to walk and swim,” he said in a statement.
SJ SEAS chairman Mohamad Khairuddin Riman added: “We have released around 13,000 hatchlings from the hatchery and have never seen anything like this before.”
But the turtle died late Wednesday, Sen Nathan, a vet from Sabah Wildlife Department, told AFP.
He said the cause of death was not yet known but added the turtle would have had little chance of surviving long in the wild.
“It would have been poached by an eagle because it could not swim well,” he said.
While rare, it was not the first time a two-headed baby turtle has been found.
Nathan said one was discovered in 2014, on an island off Malaysia’s east coast, which survived for three months.
Green turtles are one of the largest sea turtles, and are mainly found in tropical and subtropical waters.
Classified as endangered, they are threatened by habitat loss as well as by poachers who hunt them for their meat and eggs.