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Kuwait diplomats weigh-in on migration, human trafficking and terrorism
November 21, 2015, 4:30 pm

Kuwait’s representatives in various capitals and at the United Nations have called on the world body to work together to find a solution to the Syrian crisis, combat terrorism and illegal migration, as well as human trafficking.

Kuwait’s permanent envoy to the UN headquarters in New York Mansour Al-Otaibi said that the increasing number of Syrian refugees worldwide is an "alarming" factor that requires serious attention from the world." Speaking during UN General Assembly's discussions on the illegal immigrants in the Mediterranean, Ambassador Al-Otaibi's said the session reflects the international need to find a solution to the problem with its socio-economic repercussion.

Welcoming the results of the recent round of Geneva Talks aimed at finding a political solution for Syria, the ambassador pointed out that the current refugee crisis was the worst since War World II, with some 60 million refugees displaced around the world. He stressed that the humanitarian crisis in Syria, entering its fifth year, was getting worse with hundreds of thousands losing their lives and many more millions being displaced within and outside the country.

Noting that Kuwait was doing its part in supporting the humanitarian cause of the refugees and had held three donor conferences in Kuwait, Al-Otaibi added that over four million Syrian refugees are also suffering from the war in their country. He revealed that Kuwait will be partaking and co-organizing the fourth donor conference for Syria to be held in London in February 2016. He hoped that the event will help ease the suffering of the Syrian people and also contribute to a solution on the crisis.

Speaking on a related note, Nawaf Ahmad Al-Rejaib, Second-Secretary at the Kuwaiti embassy in Vienna, said that Kuwait was keen on exerting international efforts to combat trafficking in persons in all of its forms to protect the victims, in line with international treaties.

The Kuwaiti representative made the remarks while addressing the 6th session of the Working Group on Trafficking in Persons at the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime. He, pointed out that Kuwait is considered an importer of human resources for services and domestic help, noting that there are 600,000 workers in Kuwait which increases the percentage of crimes against all concerned parties.

Though Kuwait calls for protecting all human rights, participates in regional and international efforts to combat trafficking in persons and strives to follow all international protocols and regulations, yet this crime is still challenging because it keeps changing and evolving, said Al-Rejaib. He added that Kuwait has followed several steps to control this crime by establishing the public authority for manpower where work permits, workers transportation and housing are regulated.

He noted that on domestic help issue, Kuwaiti parliament approved a law to protect domestic workers from being abused by regulating their work hours, paychecks, end of services bonus and overtime payments. This law obligates employers to respect the rights of their employees and to guarantee swift payments for the latter. He added that Kuwaiti media also plays important role in raising awareness campaigns where employers and employees know their prerogatives and obligations without any misuse or abuse.

Meanwhile, addressing the 52nd congress of the UK branch of the National Kuwait Student Union (NUKS), which was held under the auspices of His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, Kuwait’s ambassador to UK, Khaled Al-Duwaisan said: that the current status quo and turmoil in the Middle-East came as a result of instability in a number of states in the region.

The increasing number of terrorist attacks, which recently struck Beirut, Paris, and Mali, is alarming, said the Ambassador noting that Kuwait was also subjected to an act of terrorism with the bombing that occurred at Imam Al-Sadiq Mosque back in June.Despite that fact, the Kuwaiti leadership and people stood together to foil the terrorists' plan to destabilize the country, said Al-Duwaisan who added that terrorists failed to consider that even the Iraqi invasion in 1990 could not divide the Kuwaitis.

Speaking about the students' conference, Al-Duaiwsan said that Kuwaiti students' role was not only to gather knowledge while studying abroad. He stressed that students also make it their mission to connect with British society, building bridges of hope and cultural understanding.


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