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Jordanian Labour Minister orders investigation in to charges of sexual abuse,torture and rape

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AMMAN - The Jordanian labour minister had started investigating allegations of sexual abuse, torture and rape against foreign workers in a garment factory in Jordan's Al Hassan Industrial Estate (QIZ) reported by a US-based labour advocacy group.

The 82-page report, issued by the Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights (IGLHR), cited testimonies compiled via interviewing foreign workers at Classic Fashion in Al Hassan Industrial Estate alleging systematic rape and torture practiced against young Sri Lankan women by compatriots in charge of the outlet.

The ministry's director of inspection and safety, Adnan Rababaa, told The Jordan Times yesterday that the ministry is dealing with the accusations mentioned in the report with utmost concern and will take action if it finds grounds for these charges. "We formed an ad hoc committee comprising members of all concerned entities who have already started arbitrary interviews with the labourers in this particular company in order to verify the accusations in the report," Rababaa said, adding that the ministry will officially respond to the IGLHR report within the coming few days, after the investigative committee concludes its mission.

He noted that the interviews with the workers were taking place in the presence of translators in order to ensure better understanding by the workers of the committee's task force, adding that ministry investigators would take all precautionary measures to ensure the workers' safety from employers' retaliation.