Dr Virginia Mantouvalou speaks at House of Commons on Overseas Domestic Workers
14 May 2013
UCL Institute for Human Rights Co-Director, Dr Virginia Mantouvalou spoke at a House of Commons Panel Discussion on the new visa for overseas domestic workers, arguing that the visa regime, which ties overseas domestic workers to a particular employer, may be in breach of article 4 of the European Convention on Human Rights that prohibits slavery, servitude, forced and compulsory labour.
The previous visa regime allowed the worker to change employer, and had been presented as best practice by the United Nations and the International Labour Organisation. Dr Mantouvalou suggested that the UK Government has to reassess its position on the issue in light of its international human rights obligations.
The event was hosted by Fiona MacTaggart MP and organized by the London-based organization Kalayaan