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MP voices regret over Duterte move
January 21, 2018, 8:39 am

Parliamentary Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman MP Hamad Al-Harshani said he was surprised when the Philippines announced its plan to stop sending workers to Kuwait. In a press statement, Al-Harshani pointed out that “Kuwait’s human rights record is clean.  Expatriate workers obtain their rights as stipulated in their employment contracts which regulate the relationship between the employers and employees. Kuwait is considered a desirable destination to work for all nationalities.”

He stressed, “It is regrettable that this decision comes from a friendly country due to one or two incidents. Kuwait is a State of freedom and institutions while its laws guarantee decent living for everyone, respect for human rights and individual abuses are dealt with through judicial channels.” He expressed regret that such a stand was taken against Kuwait where more than 170,000 Filipinos are living a dignified life, just because of isolated cases whose number does not exceed the fingers on one hand. He also confirmed support for the statement of Kuwait’s Foreign Ministry on the issue.

On the other hand, Al-Harshani revealed the committee will meet on Monday to discuss draft laws in its agenda including the technical cooperation agreement between the governments of Kuwait, the Republic of Brazil, a draft law approving the Statute of the Economic Judiciary of the Gulf Cooperation Council, legal and judicial cooperation in addressing civil and commercial matters, personal and criminal status, and repatriation agreement between the State of Kuwait and the Arab Republic of Egypt. He added the agenda of the committee consists of other proposals such as Kuwaitization in embassies, consulates, attachés, health, information, cultural and other offices abroad by at least 80 percent of the total workforce.

Source: Arab Times

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