Kuwait deports 100 housemaids per day

Kuwait MP Faisal Duwaisan says many Kuwaiti families had fired maids after rising number of murder cases
By Beatrice Thomas
Mon 28 Apr 2014 11:11 AM

Kuwait’s Ministry of Interior is deporting about 100 housemaids per day, according to Parliament’s Human Rights Committee Chairman MP Faisal Duwaisan, it was reported.

However, he said the number of repeat offenders had declined by 15 percent.

Duwaisan, who made the announcement Sunday after the fourth meeting of the committee, said that during a recent visit to the Central Prison and Women Deportation Cell the committee saw a large number of Africans, especially Ethiopian maids.

He said he believed many Kuwaiti families had terminated their services amid fears a rising number of Ethiopians were involved in murder cases.

It would ask the Parliament to allocate two hours of the next session to look at the panel’s visit, Arab Times reported.

Duwaisan said as part of broader anti-crime measures, state security prisoners who embraced extremist ideas would be required to undergo a rehabilitation program to be eligible for the Amiri pardon.

He also unveiled the committee’s plan to travel next week to the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR) in Geneva to study the importance of independent human rights institutions.

Duwaisan said that in 2010 the government promised former Minister of Social Affairs and Labor Dr Mohammad Al Afasi that it would establish an independent authority for human rights but no concrete steps had been taken to date, Arab Times reported.

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