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Kuwait removed from ILO’s list of ‘violators’ – Int’l community needs to protect rights of workers, urges Kuwait


GENEVA, June 1, (KUNA): Kuwait called on the international community to apply the human rights laws to provide better living conditions for all people, including development and social equality. “It is an international responsibility to end the suffering of citizens in Palestine and other occupied Arab lands, who are deprived of their simplest rights as humans and are denied of having decent jobs,” Minister of Social Affairs and Labor Hind Al-Sabeeh said during the 105th Session of the International Labor Conference on Wednesday.

Al-Sabeeh, also Minister of State for Planning and Development, added that “Kuwait is keen to cooperate with the world to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2030.” In this context, she said that Kuwait is executing many projects aiming to develop the country on all levels and provide people with a better life.

Meanwhile, Al-Sabeeh noted that the country also issued several laws that allow those in charge of applying these legislations to further protect the rights of people.

Legal She added that Kuwait also established the Public Authority for Manpower and a center for sheltering foreign workers, with a capacity to receive 500 people. The center provides health, mental and legal services to expatriates, she noted.

The conference, organized by the International Labor Organization (ILO) is held from May 30 to June 10 with the participation of 187 countries, as well as representatives of labor unions and NGOs. Meanwhile, Kuwait has been removed from a list of countries that the International Labor Organization (ILO) considers violating labor rights, Minister of Social Affairs and Labor Hind Al-Sabeeh said Tuesday.

The removal of Kuwait’s name was a result of great efforts by the national authorities to address every shortcomings related to the labor issues, Al-Sabeeh, also Minister of State for Planning and Development, said in a statement to KUNA. She underlined that Kuwait worked hard to address all remarks raised by ILO regarding the labor issues.

She said she met with Ruba Jaradat, regional director of the ILO’s Arab Office, describing the discussion as “constructive.” She said they discussed the development of the manpower authority and cooperation between Kuwait and the countries exporting workers to Kuwait. Al-Sabeeh said they also discussed the unions’ law.

Meanwhile, Al-Sabeeh said a meeting among the GCC ministers of social affairs, held on sidelines of the ILO conference, was very fruitful and they discussed labor legislations. They finalized an MoU for vocational safety and labor regulations.

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