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Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte bans working in Kuwait

Duterte made the comments during a speech on Saturday in Singapore on the sidelines of the 32nd ASEAN Summit, Efe news reported.

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Duterte made the comments during a speech on Saturday in Singapore on the sidelines of the 32nd ASEAN Summit, Efe news reported.
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Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has announced that a ban on Filipinos working in Kuwait will be made permanent and he urged those still working in that country to return home, state media reported on Sunday.

Duterte made the comments during a speech on Saturday in Singapore on the sidelines of the 32nd ASEAN Summit, Efe news reported.

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has announced that a ban on Filipinos working in Kuwait will be made permanent and he urged those still working in that country to return home, state media reported on Sunday.
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“Those who are there in Kuwait… I now appeal for your sense of patriotism. Come home,” Duterte said.

Duterte in February issued a temporary ban on sending additional workers to Kuwait pending an investigation into the murder of a 29-year-old Filipino house worker, whose body was found in the freezer of her employers. They have been sentenced to death for the murder.

The case sparked outrage in the Philippines and has triggered a diplomatic crisis as thousands of domestic workers left the Gulf nation.

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The Philippine Ambassador in Kuwait, Renato Villa, has also been recalled.

The two nations are due to sign a MoU on the protection of overseas Filipino workers in June. (IANS)

 

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Kuwait launches e-platform in 5 Languages to Educate Migrant Workers

The e-platform consists of a website and an application for mobiles that work mainly to address the ill-treatment suffered by the migrant workers, provide them legal support as well as to monitor and document the abuses they are subjected to

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Kuwait launches e-platform to educate migrant workers. Wikimedia
  • The education would be done through cartoons and pictures as well as direct inquiry through the e-platform or hotline
  • Its languages will be Arabic, English, Hindi, Filipino and Urdu
  • It will have information on organisations and embassies that accept workers’ complaints and the procedures and type of assistance provided by them

Kuwait, June 15, 2017: Kuwait has launched an electronic platform in five languages including Hindi and Urdu to educate migrant workers on their legal rights, the Arab Times reported on Wednesday.

Khalid Al Ajmi, Chairman of the Kuwait Society for Human Rights, announced that the education would be done through cartoons and pictures as well as direct inquiry through the e-platform or hotline.

The e-platform consists of a website and an application for mobiles that work mainly to address the ill-treatment suffered by the migrant workers, provide them legal support as well as to monitor and document the abuses they are subjected to.

Its languages will be Arabic, English, Hindi, Filipino and Urdu, the daily said.

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“The site … stores information and data and protects the confidentiality of the users. It also provides lawyers the task of responding to all of the workers’ inquiries and complaints.”

The platform aims to educate migrant workers in Kuwait on the rights guaranteed by the local laws and international covenants and treaties as well as to provide legal advice in a language appropriate to them, the report said.

It will have information on organisations and embassies that accept workers’ complaints and the procedures and type of assistance provided by them.

“The project aims at alleviating the violations suffered by migrant workers resulting mainly from the lack of awareness of their rights, especially domestic workers,” the daily said. (IANS)

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