Arab human rights defender commends expats' shelter

KUWAIT, May 4 (KUNA) — Deputy Chairman of the Arab League human rights committee Dr. Abdulmajid Zaalani said Wednesday the Kuwaiti center for sheltering foreign workers is a pioneering center in the region in providing basic services for the expatriates and solving their problems.
“The center, an affiliate of the Public Authority for Manpower (PAM), provides a humanitarian treatment, including dwelling and healthcare, for the expatriates, males and females, who lost their livelihoods and enables them to solve their legal problems,” he said.
Zaalani, now on a visit to Kuwait, made the press remarks after inspecting the center along with other members of the committee known also as “the charter committee.” “The delegation took note of the existence of places of worship at the center which signals the country’s respect for different faiths of the expatriates and keenness on helping them to coexist with each other,” he said.
The delegation was briefed on the role of the authority in caring for the expatriates and solving their problems in coordination with the competent ministries such as the ministries of justice, interior and foreign affairs.
“We have also met representative of civil society institutions advocating for human rights protection and discussed with senior officials of the Ministry of Interior the legitimate rights of prisoners,” he added.
Meanwhile, PAM Director General Abdullah Al-Motawtah welcomed the visit of the delegation and reaffirmed keenness on full cooperation with the Arab League committee out of belief in its important role.
He added that the center provides the expatriates with medical, psychological and livelihood services until they are able to integrate with the community or leave for home in coordination with their respective embassies.
Founded four years ago, the center receives the expatriate workers who are willing to live there until their work or residency problems are solved. (end)

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