Kuwait says rights of its expat workforce vital – 90pc of cases traced to bogus agencies

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KUWAIT CITY, Aug 2: Kuwait attaches special importance to the rights of its expatriate workforce and endeavors to preserve dignity in the framework of protecting their interests while the constitution is set on protecting rights through the introduction of several laws fighting exploitation of expatriate workers. In this context, the government in Nov 2014 established a shelter for expatriates in support of Kuwait’s efforts to improve the file of human rights.

The center—a hallmark in the country’s humanity record, was established in accordance with international standards based upon the decision of the Council of Ministers and in coordination with concerned government authorities supervised by the Public Authority for Manpower. Director of the center Falah Al-Mutairi told KUNA recently the shelter was established for the purpose of eradicating the crime of human trafficking as per international agreements, which Kuwait is signatory to.

He noted Kuwait holds excellent record in human rights protection, especially as the United Nations honored HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah as an international humanitarian leader and named Kuwait a humanitarian center. He said the center receives women who have disputes with their sponsors and its activities surpasses sheltering distress workers, as it provides assistance to all segments of personnel, including domestic workers and others employed in private companies, and also ensures their rights are given.

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