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‘About 180 charities in violation of rules’ ‘Kuwait image tarnished’

KUWAIT CITY, Feb 13: In line with the questions raised by the American administration regarding procedures that Kuwait took to control the direction of donations collected in the country, the technical committee specialized in fighting terrorism and money laundering in the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor has warned about 180 charity organizations found to have violated the rules as some of which have opened branches outside the country, reports Al- Jaridah daily quoting sources.

According to the committee, the objectives of these organizations usually differ from the image they portray, let alone the unmonitored collection of donations and the licenses they acquire from the concerned authorities.

During its third meeting recently, the committee stressed that such issues reflect negatively on Kuwait’s reputation and its charitable work. It also reiterated the dire consequences of Kuwait being dragged into the blacklist of countries which support terrorism. Sources from the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor revealed Deputy Chairman of the committee Nasser Al- Ammar explained one of the reasons the charitable work image is tarnished and its purpose lost is ‘’negligence in implementing the licensing law which was enacted in regard to the collection of money for general purposes in 1959.

This is in addition to the illegality of 180 charitable institutions stemming from 10 licensed organizations’’. Al-Ammar revealed a joint commission will be formed to take charge in putting these charitable institutions and organizations under the umbrella of the ministry in a bid intensify follow-up and control efforts.

He emphasized that the exemption of Hussainiyas, not mosques; in relation to acquiring approval from the ministry before collecting donations, especially cash, is one of the factors tarnishing the image of charity work in Kuwait.

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