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Domestic hiring fees queried

KUWAIT CITY, Feb 28: MP Saleh Ashour has forwarded questions to Minister of Commerce and Industry and State Minister for Youth Affairs Khaled Al-Rawdhan about the fees for recruiting domestic workers.

Ashour cited a report published by Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) on Oct 23, 2017 about the formation of a committee whose members are from the ministries of Commerce, Foreign Affairs and Interior, as well as the Public Authority for Manpower (PAM), Al-Durra Company for Recruiting and Employing Domestic Workers, and Union of Domestic Labor Offices to discuss fees for hiring domestic workers and obstacles to the work of Al- Durra Company.

He wants to know the findings of the committee, names of the chairperson  and members of the committee, number of meetings held, and decisions taken during these meetings.

Meanwhile, the Human Rights Committee will discuss on Thursday the situation of prisoners particularly their health condition and look into the government’s implementation of recommendations stated in its first report on the implementation of international agreements, laws and procedures related to the situation of inmates. Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Khaled Al-Jarrah and Health Minister Sheikh Bassel Al- Hamoud will attend the meeting.

On the other hand, MP Abdulkareem Al-Kandari has asked the Human Rights Committee to investigate the case of a Bedoun who tried to commit suicide Tuesday by setting fire to himself in front of Jahra Court. He said the committee should discuss the incident with the concerned officials, including HH the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah. A security source revealed the Bedoun was born in 1982 and 60 percent of his body got burned while reasons behind his suicide attempt have yet to be determined. The source said the Bedoun was involved in 21 cases including consumption of alcohol, attempted murder, theft and assault.

Furthermore, MP Omar Al-Tabtabaei pointed out the Penal Code, which was issued at a time there was no other media platform than the government media, is not on par with modern media He finds the proposed amendments to the Publications Law strange, because they stipulate banning circulation of news. He considers this a punishment to bloggers just because they expressed their opinions or re-tweeted posts about incidents in the country. He then emphasized the need to amend the Penal Code to avoid the imprisonment of people for expressing their opinions. He added he intends to request for a special session to discuss freedom of expression, warning that the path for the government and its leader will be difficult if they boycott or prevent the session.


By Abubakar A. Ibrahim Arab Times Staff

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