A Filipina domestic worker has committed suicide in a shelter home run by her embassy in Lebanon.
According to AFP the embassy, in a statement posted on its Facebook page, said the unnamed lady “household service worker” arrived on Friday at the shelter and the next day “reportedly jumped from a room she was sharing” with two others. She died of her injuries on Sunday, it said, adding that “details of the incident are currently being investigated”.
A video posted by the embassy on its Facebook page Monday said the shelter was currently home to 26 people who receive “all meals and necessities” free of charge.
The death of the Filipina domestic worker comes after a visit to the embassy shelter by a delegation from Lebanon’s National Human Rights Commission. The rights group had criticised existing conditions at the shelter home and complained that it occupancy exceeds the official capacity
An estimated 250,000 domestic workers – mostly from Ethiopia, the Philippines and Sri Lanka – live in Lebanon, many in conditions condemned by rights groups.