Libya: Refugees in Libya protest in front of the United Nations Centre

The Libyan coast witnessed the arrival of thousands of sub-Saharan African migrants, claiming it is the only way to reach Europe for better job opportunities and a better life. Many families from Sudan, Niger, Eritrea, and other sub-Saharan African countries left their countries fleeing conflicts, poverty, and insecurity, trying to cross the Mediterranean, despite being aware of the dangers that the journey presents. However, many of them were blocked in Libya without any source of income. The Libyan government launched a campaign of arrests to combat irregular migration and put them in detention centres.

Bahrain: Shura Council rejects a bill on women’s breastfeeding rights in the private sector

The Shura Council refused to reconsider the bill on giving working women two paid hours of breastfeeding time after their birth leave until the child reaches two years instead of six months and one hour for a year later. The General Federation of Workers Trade Unions in Bahrain and the Ministry of Labour and Social Development informed the Shura Council that the bill should be revised in accordance with the C111 - Discrimination (Employment and Occupation) Convention on integrating women in the labour market and decreasing the gender gap between the sexes. 70% of unemployed people are women.