New plan to prosecute agents of illegal maids

Updated 22 February 2016
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New plan to prosecute agents of illegal maids

DAMMAM/RIYADH: The Ministry of Labor and the Public Security have agreed on a new plan to prosecute offenders involved in the illicit trafficking of domestic workers which is against the Kingdom’s residency and work regulations.

Citizens and residents are urged to have no dealings with those who supply maids illegally.
This decision was made at a meeting between Labor Minister Mufrej Al-Haqabani and Public Security Director Othman bin Naser Al-Muhraj at the ministry’s headquarters in Riyadh. The purpose of the meeting was to find a way to monitor and track violations related to the illegal trafficking of housemaids.
The meeting was attended by Ahmad Al-Humaidan, deputy labor minister, Abdullah Abuthunyan, undersecretary for planning, development and information, Ahmad Al-Hadlaq, public security director for field operations and Abdul Aziz Al-Hassan, director of the general department for combating cybercrimes in the public security department.
The participants discussed the causes for domestic workers running away from their employers along with security, physical and social consequences.
They stressed the importance of coordinating efforts between the ministry and security in order to receive regular reports on domestic workers who have run away from their employers.
Also discussed were means of facilitating the reports by using modern technology and its applications.
The Labor Ministry announced earlier that the relevant departments are working to monitor violations related to ads in the media by unauthorized individuals or entities which sell or lease domestic workers illegally.
At the same time, the Gulf states are working on unified legislation pertaining to national and expatriate employment which will be adopted by the end of 2016. The legislation will be mandatory for all member states.
Speaking to a local newspaper, Amer Al-Hajair, the director at the executive office of the Council of Ministers of Labor and Social Affairs, the first point to be dealt with in the new regulations will be in relation to household workers.
According to him, there are efforts to unify the GCC labor system on these points as some differences remain between the Kingdom and other GCC states.
He said the plan would include outstanding economic and social issues, in addition to pending legislation, and would set clear deadlines for the implementation of the resolutions.


‘Saudi Arabia’s stability, security a red line for Muslim world’

The Supreme Council of the Muslim World League (MWL) holds its 43rd session in Makkah. (SPA)
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‘Saudi Arabia’s stability, security a red line for Muslim world’

  • The council praised the Kingdom’s pioneering role in the Muslim world, its religious importance, its history of supporting international security and peace efforts

JEDDAH: The Supreme Council of the Muslim World League (MWL) held its 43rd session in Makkah, with senior scholars and ministers from Muslim countries in attendance.
The council expressed solidarity with the Saudi leadership and people, and condemned attempts to target the Kingdom, saying its stability and security are a red line for the Muslim world.
The council praised the Kingdom’s pioneering role in the Muslim world, its religious importance, its history of supporting international security and peace efforts, and its fight against extremism and terrorism.
The great place that the Kingdom occupies in the hearts of Muslims is founded on a sincere and firm belief in its care for Muslim sanctity, the council said, adding that targeting Saudi stability also affects international stability.
The council discussed several matters, including the Palestinian cause, developments in Syria and Yemen, the tragedy of Myanmar’s Rohingya people, the fight against extremist groups such as Al-Qaeda and Daesh, and the importance of promoting dialogue among followers of different religions and cultures.
It also discussed the well-being of Muslim minorities in non-Muslim countries, expressing regret and concern about Islamophobia, and calling for peaceful coexistence.
The council urged Muslims in these countries to fulfil their duty to educate their children, and protect them from deviant ideologies and groups that use religion as a pretext to justify terrorism and extremism.
It also urged Muslims in these countries to use legitimate channels to enjoy their just religious and cultural rights, to contribute to societal development, and to support stability and integration.
The council highlighted the MWL’s efforts and international presence in influential platforms, especially in the West.
Islamophobia is creating serious rifts in multicultural societies and damaging the social contract based on equal citizenship, the council said.
It expressed its full support for the MWL’s programs and activities that highlight the truth about Islam and its values, promote intellectual and religious awareness among Muslim minorities, and spread the values of toleration, moderation and peace.
The council reviewed the MWL’s efforts against radicalization and terrorism, including international collaborative programs, conferences, forums, statements and visits to Muslim and non-Muslim countries.
It noted the MWL’s efforts to promote dialogue among followers of different religions and cultures, including its secretary-general’s meeting with Vatican leaders, the signing of a historic cooperation agreement with the Pontifical Council for Interfaith Dialogue, and organizing an international peace conference at Oxford University.
The council agreed to establish an international center for cultural exchanges, as part of its support for the Conference on Cultural Rapprochement between the US and the Muslim World.
The council stressed the importance of building good East-West relations and launching initiatives to foster cooperation, cultural exchanges and positive values.
“Only 10 percent of our common principles are sufficient to bring peace and harmony to our world,” said MWL Secretary-General Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa.