Labor law doesn’t mention sponsors

Updated 12 July 2012
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Labor law doesn’t mention sponsors

The new Saudi Labor Law, which was issued in 1426H through a royal decree, does not mention the sponsorship system, the spokesman of the Labor Ministry said yesterday.
He was commenting on a request made by the National Society for Human Rights to scrap the country’s sponsorship system.
Hattab Al-Anazi, told Alsharq Arabic daily: “At present the sponsor is referred as employer.”
He said the relation between employer and worker would be determined by a contract.
In a previous statement Deputy Labor Minister Ahmad Al-Humaidan said the ministry had started taking practical steps aimed at scrapping the sponsorship (kafala) system.
He added: “We have already begun changing some technical terms related to the sponsorship system, like changing the term ‘transfer of sponsorship’ (naql kafala) to ‘transfer of services.’
“Other steps include preventing sponsors from holding passports of foreign workers and canceling the condition to obtain the sponsor’s approval for workers to bring their families to the Kingdom.”
Al-Humaidan noted the ministry replaced several provisions in the kafala system with new regulations that govern the relationship between the employer and the foreign worker.
“If you look at any of these regulations, you can’t see anything that is pointing to the sponsorship system.
“The ministry was able to remove all the restrictions imposed by sponsors on their workers.”The deputy minister said scrapping the sponsorship system and easing restrictions on the labor market should be taken into account in the right perspective.
“It does not mean that a foreigner can enter the Kingdom and then search for a job in the local employment market. This doesn’t make any sense and should not happen in the Kingdom.” Al-Humaidan emphasized the ministry was striving hard to protect the rights of foreign workers without harming the interests of their employers. Al-Anazi said the ministry has introduced a number of corrective measures to reorganize the labor market and increase employment opportunities for Saudis in the private sector.
The spokesman said some of the observations made by NSHR about the ministry were contrary to the facts. Referring to NSHR comment on the Nitaqat program, Al-Anazi said it was instrumental in creating 242,000 new jobs for Saudis within a year, including 54,000 jobs for women. “You should know that we were able to fill only 71,000 jobs since employment of women began several years ago.”


US highlights Saudi Arabia’s key role in global fight against terrorism

Saudi Arabia has continued to maintain a strong anti-terrorism relationship with the US. (SPA)
Updated 20 September 2018
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US highlights Saudi Arabia’s key role in global fight against terrorism

  • The US State Department pointed out that the Kingdom has achieved a high level of accuracy in its counterterrorism operations

WASHINGTON: The US State Department has praised Saudi Arabia for its efforts to combat terrorism, describing the Kingdom as an active and key member in the global coalition to defeat Daesh.
“Saudi Arabia has continued to maintain a strong anti-terrorism relationship with the United States and has supported the strengthening of bilateral cooperation between the two countries,” the State Department noted in its annual report on the global state of terrorism. It also highlighted the joint strategic vision between the two countries and a number of new initiatives to counter terrorist messages and disrupt the financing of terrorism launched last year during US president Donald-Trump’s visit to the Kingdom.
The report said Saudi Arabia has implemented systems to follow UN Security Council sanctions on groups and individuals linked to Daesh and Al Qaeda, and has expanded existing counterterrorism programs and projects to rehabilitate terrorist fighters who leave extremist groups. It has also adopted laws to counter the financing of terrorist groups.
The State Department pointed out that the Kingdom has achieved a high level of accuracy in its counterterrorism operations, and has carried out a number of arrests and disrupted active terrorist cells throughout the country.
The report referred to terrorist plans that were thwarted in the Kingdom, noting the efforts being made in legislation, law enforcement and border security, as well as the country’s positive contribution as a member of the Financial Action Task Force for the Middle East and North Africa, a regional body that imposes financial sanctions on individuals and groups that help to fund terrorism.
"The Kingdom has maintained strict control over the banking sector and tightened sanctions on the financing of terrorism," the report said.
It also pointed out that the Kingdom provided 100 million euros ($117 million) to fight terrorism in the Sahel countries in Africa, as the Kingdom is a founding member of the Global Counter-Terrorism Forum.