Kuwait urged to end kafala system

Kuwaiti parliament speaker Marzouq al-Ghanim (C) is congratulated by MPs after his election during the opening session of the new parliament in Kuwait City on Dec. 11, 2016. A Kuwaiti rights group called on the country to abolish its “kafala” system for expats. (AFP / Yasser Al-Zayyat)
Updated 15 December 2016
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Kuwait urged to end kafala system

KUWAIT CITY: A Kuwaiti rights group Wednesday called on the country to abolish its “kafala” system for expats which has long been criticized as a form of bonded labor or even slavery.
In its 2016 annual report, the Kuwait Association for the Fundamentals of Human Rights called for “abolishing the current kafala system and replacing it with rules according to international standards.”
The rights group also expressed concern over the so-called administrative deportation of thousands of foreign workers every year.
“The association demands that no foreigner is deported out of Kuwait without a final court order,” it said.
The report criticized the segregation of Kuwaitis and expats at public health centers, saying it was discrimination on the basis of nationality.
The association warned of the growing “language of hatred” against foreigners.


Syrian businessman linked to Assad arrested in Kuwait

Mazen Al-Tarazi has been living in Kuwait for a long while. (AFP/File)
Updated 19 March 2019
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Syrian businessman linked to Assad arrested in Kuwait

  • The businessman has a publishing and advertising company in Kuwait
  • He is blacklisted in the EU

KUWAIT CITY: A prominent Syrian businessman with close ties to Syrian President Bashar Assad has been arrested in Kuwait, his lawyer said Tuesday.
Mazen Al-Tarazi was arrested late Monday at his offices, his lawyer Badr Al-Yacoub told AFP.
He said that he did not yet know the reasons behind his client’s arrest.
Local authorities did not immediately release the charges against Tarazi.
But Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Qabas, citing unnamed informed sources, reported that the businessman is accused of money laundering and printing texts without authorization.
A longtime resident of Kuwait, Tarazi owns a publishing and advertising firm in partnership with a high-profile local businessman, Ahmad Al-Jarallah.
Jarallah confirmed to AFP that police had raided his offices on Monday night and arrested Tarazi’s secretary and two Al-Hadaf magazine employees.
Tarazi is on an EU blacklist of Syrian nationals who have been banned from entry to European states and whose assets have been frozen over their role in the Syria war.