Kuwait vents spleen on US human rights report


Affiliated to the Ministry of Justice, the committee, headed by Attorney-General Counselor Mohamed al-Zughbi, said in a news release that an allegation by the US report charging the State of Kuwait with human trafficking was a "blatant and designed distortion of facts".


UN agreements on the fight against organized crimes and human trafficking, especially for women and children, which were inked by Kuwait, have become an irrevocable law in Kuwait pursuant to Law 5 for 2006, the committee reminded.
The committee said it had already supplied the US Department of State with the number of cases falling within the concept of human trafficking, which were decided by Kuwaiti courts, the statement said.


"Now that such facts that emanate from reality and law have been illustrated, allegations of human trafficking in Kuwait become meaningless," it warned.
Furthermore, the committee rebuffed the key points of the US gadfly report, which billed Kuwaiti efforts to slim global joblessness as human trafficking as if Kuwait’s recruitment of workers from foreign countries, identified by the report, were a "bad and sinful deed that falls within the concept of human trafficking".


"The State of Kuwait opens its arms to those incoming workers and even provides them with all available job opportunities, unlike many other countries which combat and deport them on the grounds of fighting illegal immigration. By doing so, Kuwait ought to be commended and appreciated and even placed on an honours list," it said.
Stigmatizing the US report as "self-contradictory", the committee raised its eyebrows at US broadside against a Kuwaiti package aiming to safeguard the rights of foreign laborers.


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