Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Q8 working to cancel the 'sponsorship' system

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and several other government bodies are working on a comprehensive report in response to a report from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), rebutting the UNHCR's criticisms and explaining the new procedures to be introduced which will protect the rights of workers and prevent violations.

The foreign ministry's report will also list the serious measures to be taken in order to eliminate Kuwait's current sponsorship system, commonly known as the 'kafeel' system, reported Al-Qabas. It is believed that replacing this system with another more reliable one will help to eliminate the arbitrary violations committed by some sponsors against their employees, as well as helping eradicate the illegal trade in residency visas.

Among the procedures to be listed in the foreign ministry's report are plans to establish shelters for workers arbitrarily dismissed from their jobs, as well as legislation banning the employment of juveniles and steps to improve the living standards of Bedoon (stateless) residents.
Kuwait Times

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