Domestic workers should be included in Kuwait’s private sector labour legislation

August 25, 2010

Domestic workers should be included in the private sector labour legislation and given the same rights as other workers, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has recommended to the Kuwaiti government.
The recommendation is part of steps that Kuwait should implement in order to help solve the persistent problems in its human rights record, the OHCHR said.
Although the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour and Ministry of Interior have taken measures on rights issues, delays in the implementation of some of them should be addressed, Navi Pillay, the head of OHCHR said in a letter to the two ministries, Kuwait Times reported on Tuesday.
Other recommendations suggested by Pillay to help put Kuwait among the top countries meeting international human rights principles include appointing suitably qualified female citizens to senior posts in the country’s judiciary.
Pillay offered to provide OHCHR assistance in helping Kuwait to resolve the outstanding human rights problems faced by the country’s 120,000 Bidoon (stateless) people.
She also suggested strategies to facilitate the cancellation of the sponsorship system and its replacement with employment legislation of international standards.



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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
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  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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