Migrant Workers Do Not Enjoy Adequate Legal Protection In Kuwait
Category: Kuwait
Immigrate to Canada or Australia
Study In Abroad

The Human Rights Watch (HRW) has acknowledged the fact that the Kuwaiti government reforms continue to be carried out in respect of the file of the expatriates during 2018, but at the same time confirmed that the migrant workers do not enjoy adequate legal protection and are still vulnerable to ill-treatment, forced labor and deportation even if they commit minor infractions, reports Al-Rai daily.

In its annual report which was released a few days back which reviewed the human rights situation in various countries around the world, the New York-based institution said “unlike many other countries Kuwait still allows personnel from the (Human Rights Watch) to enter the country and engage constructively with the organization on many human rights issues.” The report pointed out that “twothirds of the Kuwait population is migrant workers, who are still subject to ill-treatment despite reforms.”

The report says, “Measures to protect domestic workers and other menial workers are still weak compared to those who are covered by the Kuwaiti Labor Law. The domestic labor law is also limited to the fact that it does not put in place mechanisms such as the inspection of working conditions in the home, and does not specify any penalties against employers who confiscate passports or do not provide decent housing, food, medical care, rest breaks or appropriate weekly holidays. “Domestic workers remain subject to ill-treatment, exploitation and arrest often because of the sponsorship system that links their visas to employers,” sources said.

On the issue of women’s rights, the report went on to say that “the Kuwaiti Personal Status Law, which applies to Muslims who make up the majority of Kuwaitis, discriminates against women.

For example, some women need a male guardian to complete their marriage contracts. “A woman may seek divorce from the court on a specific basis, unlike a man who can divorce his wife unilaterally.

A woman may lose custody of her children if she remarries a person from outside her ex-husband’s family. “A man can marry to up to 4 wives, without the wife’s permission or knowledge. A man can prevent his wife from working if he finds that it negatively affects the interests of the family.” “Kuwait does not have any laws against domestic violence and marital rape,” the report said. “Fornication (or adultery) and sexual relations outside marriage are punishable by law, and homosexuality among men is punishable by imprisonment for up to seven years.

The transvestites (third sex) can be arrested under a provision introduced into the Penal Code in 2007 that penalizes anyone who resembles the other sex in any way.”

On the death penalty, the report said, “Kuwait continues to apply the death penalty for non-violent crimes, such as those related to drugs and in 2017 carried out 7 executions by hanging, the first executions since 2013.

20 Jan, 2019 0 337
Posted Comments
Popular News
Plots For Those Affected By GCC Railway Project As per the law on establishing the Public Authority for Agricultural Affairs and Fish Resources (PAAAFR), those granted Wafra agricultural plots that will be removed due to the GCC railway project are... September 17, 2019 0 7737 Category: Kuwait
Kuwait University Students Shocked ? Kuwait University students were shocked, after moving to the new site in Shedadiyah, to find out that the place has three names – Kuwait University, Shedadiyah University and the third which is ... September 19, 2019 1 7186 Category: Kuwait
Out Of Kuwait – Sent Resignation To Company I need your advice on my situation with my company. I travelled out of Kuwait on my annual leave and due to some work here I cannot return for few more weeks. I informed my company and they have repli... September 16, 2019 0 3384 Category: Legal
Kuwait Army Units Put On Alert Presidency of the General Staff of Kuwait Army announced Wednesday that some military units are put in a state of combat readiness as a precaution against the current conditions in region. The measur... September 19, 2019 1 2011 Category: Kuwait
Kuwaiti Woman To Pay KD 5001 Compensation For Illicit Relationship The Civil Section in the First Instance Court has instructed a Kuwaiti woman to pay KD 5,001 compensation to her ex-husband for the damages he incurred when she engaged in an illicit relationship befo... September 19, 2019 1 1579 Category: Crime News
Change In Designation – Will My Driving License Renewed/Cancelled? Hello, my license was issued in 2016 and the title is ‘muazzif istakbal’ now i am moving to another company where the title is going to be ‘mushirf baya- sales supervisor’ the ... September 17, 2019 0 1564 Category: Driving License
Asian Driver Illegally Transporting Passengers Police have arrested an Asian driver of a bus for transporting passengers for money, reports Al-Anba daily. The Asian was driving a mini bus carrying nine Asians and appeared confused when he saw a... September 16, 2019 1 1327 Category: Crime News
3 Persons Charred To Death In 4-car Tragic Collision A four-vehicle collision on the Fahaheel Road opposite Abu Halifa resulted in the death of three unidentified persons after their vehicles caught fire, reports Al-Rai daily. Acting on information fire... September 17, 2019 0 1304 Category: Crime News
MP Safa Al Hashem Renews Call To Tax Expats Pockets, Tap Remittances MP Safaa Al- Hashem has unveiled a plan to grill Minister of Social Affairs Sa’ad Al-Kharaaz if the latter continues to allow the recruitment of expatriates, describing the situation as an &ldqu... September 16, 2019 0 1255