Addis Ababa October 31/2013 The Ethiopian Consular Office in Lebanon is working hard to protect the rights of Ethiopians working in that country, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.
In a press release it sent to ENA on Wednesday the Ministry said the office is striving to stop the abuse Ethiopian workers face in Lebanon.
It said the government is striving to sign labor agreement with the Lebanese government to protect the rights of its citizens working in that country.
Recently, Ethiopia has temporarily banned its citizens from travelling abroad to look for work until a lasting solution is found for problems related with protection of rights and human trafficking.
Ethiopian workers in the Middle East face various abuses, including work for long hours, denial of salary and physical abuse, among others.
According to the Ministry, a large number of Ethiopians are entering Lebanon illegally.
Countless Ethiopians had lost their lives or undergone physical and psychological trauma because of human trafficking.