Kuwait drafting report to answer US charges of trafficking in people

June 15, 2010
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Kuwait is preparing an answer to the US report on trafficking to explain its position and highlight the advances it has achieved, social affairs and labour sources have said.
“Kuwait has clarified its stance on human rights and its commitment to international rights agreements and covenants, and will highlight them in a report to answer charges of not doing enough to combat the phenomenon,” the sources said.
The unnamed sources said that Kuwait was well on its way to put an end to the sponsorship system after it changes the structure of the social affairs and labour ministry.
Kuwait this year enacted a new labour law that gave new rights to foreigners and people working in the private sector, but did not scrap the controversial sponsorship system.
Mohammad Al Afassi, the social affairs and labour ministry, has spearheaded the movement to introduce the changes, but he is being fiercely resisted by the powerful business community.
The United States on Monday warned Kuwait, which remains in Tier 3 (watch list), and 12 other countries of possible sanctions for failure to do enough to fight human trafficking.
The US State Department evaluates the measures taken by different countries around the world to eliminate trafficking and sexual slavery every year.
Other nations with a failing grade include Iran, North Korea, Cuba, Myanmar, Congo, the Dominican Republic, Eritrea, Mauritania, Papua New Guinea, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Zimbabwe.

         

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