Q8path would like to support the small young Kuwaiti writer “Fasial Al-Jassim”. Fasial Al-Jassim is a writer and author of “Hathy A5ratek” book title. Fasial is the one of the subscribers in the Kuwait Book Fair, which will be held in Kuwait Exhibition in Mishref, Ballroom 6, Booth# 57.
So, please if you could support Fasial for achieving his goal and success in his career.
The rights of domestic workers in Kuwait is organizing a lecture which will be held on Wednesday October 13th at 11 p.m On Othman Abdul Malik theater At Kuwait University/ School of Law
1. Dr. Eisa Al-Enzi Head of The international Law Department
2. Ms.Priyanka Motaparthy, research in the Middle East and North Africa, Women’s Rights divisions at Human Rights Watch
3. Amer Al-Tamimi, secretary general of the Kuwait Human Rights Society.
On last Wednesday, the Human Rights Watch was organizing a conference in Holiday Inn. We have received this summary of the conference:
Abuse of Migrant Domestic Workers through Kuwait’s Sponsorship System
Foreign domestic workers play an essential role in nearly every Kuwaiti household. More than 660,000 foreign domestic workers from Asia and Africa, the majority of whom are women, work for Kuwait’s 1.3 million citizens, as well as for foreign residents living in the country. While some employers develop an affectionate and caring bond with the women who care for their children, cook their meals, and clean their homes, others take advantage of weak legal protections and an isolated home environment that shields human rights abuses from outside scrutiny.
In 2009, embassies of labor-sending countries in Kuwait City received more than 10,000 complaints from domestic workers about nonpayment of wages, excessively long working hours without rest, and physical, sexual, and psychological abuse. Many more abuses likely remain unreported. Domestic workers have few avenues for redress. Kuwait’s labor laws exclude domestic workers, while its immigration laws prohibit them from “absconding” from the workplace—leaving or changing jobs without their employer’s consent.
Domestic workers who leave their job without their employer’s permission, even those fleeing abuse, may face immigration charges with criminal penalties, indefinite detention, and deportation. More than half the domestic workers who Human Rights Watch interviewed for this report had charges of absconding registered against them. The government deports thousands of workers each year who have little opportunity to pursue their own complaints. In other cases, employers try to force workers wishing to change their job to repay the initial cost of recruiting them, in violation of Kuwaiti regulations, by keeping their passports and withholding their consent to change employment.