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Kuwait refutes allegations of restrictions to freedoms

KUWAIT CITY, April 15: In his reply to the report that has been issued by the US State Department on human rights, the Minister of Foreign Affairs has said the State of Kuwait is a country of institutions and law and all decisions are taken as per the law, reports Al-Anba daily quoting diplomatic sources.

The minister added, Kuwait is a distinguished nation because of its vast areas of freedom, democracy and absolute transparency. He stressed all issues pertaining to human rights are carried out in the framework of the laws and legislations.

He also said the country is working seriously to solve the problem of bedoun in the country. He indicated the country provides the bedoun free education, treatment and subsidized foodstuffs distributed through ration cards. He refuted the allegations that the country has placed restrictions on the freedom of press or expression.

In the same context, a reliable source at the Public Manpower Authority said the country is keen to solve the problems of expatriates in the country. The source added, many ministerial and administrative decisions which have been taken in this domain have helped organize relations between the employer and the employee and also helped protect their rights.

It is worth mentioning that the US State Department report in 2013 had hailed the parliamentary elections describing them as honest and free and yet the report speaks about restrictions placed on the citizens, expatriate workers and bedoun to express their opinions. The report also criticized the absence of the law to protect the rights of expatriate laborers in general and domestic workers in particular.

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