|Man in a Desert||
I am pleased to hear that Kuwait's Minister of Social Affairs and Labor has announced the abolition, as of next February, of the much-criticized sponsorship system. The sponsorship (kafala) system stipulates that all expatriate employees require a local sponsor (kafeel). The minister said a public authority for the recruitment of foreign workers will be set up.
Kuwait is the second Gulf Cooperation Council state to announce an end to the sponsorship system which has been likened by human rights bodies to a form of slavery. In 2009 Bahrain scrapped the sponsorship system, calling it "outdated" and "not humane".
A man on a long journey through a perpetual desert.
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