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.


Iran is not pursuing war: Revolutionary Guards chief

Updated 19 May 2019
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Iran is not pursuing war: Revolutionary Guards chief

  • “The difference between us and them is that they are afraid of war and don’t have the will for it,” the general said

GENEVA: Iran is not pursuing war, the head of the elite Revolutionary Guards said on Sunday, according to the Fars news agency.
“The difference between us and them is that they are afraid of war and don’t have the will for it,” Major General Hossein Salami said.