EOHR calls for investigating the arrest and deportation of 34 Egyptians in Kuwait

April 11th, 2010 by Editor

EOHR submitted a complaint on Sunday 11/04/2010 to the Kuwaiti Ambassador in Cairo, The Ministry of Foreign Affairs  and the National Council For Human Rights on arresting and deporting 34 Egyptians by the Kuwaiti authorities on 8th and 9th  April  2010, due to their meeting  to sign on the statement of  the National Assembly For Change.

MR. Hafez Abu Seada, chairman of EOHR confirmed  in the complaint that what happened with those Egyptians is a direct violation to International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families which was not ratified by  Kuwait. In addition to the fact that Kuwait is depending mainly on the migrant workers and so it shall respect the main rights of those workers including freedom of opinion and expression.

The provision of  the convention provided the following:

Articles 1, 7: non- discrimination;

Article 83: the right to an effective equity;

Articles 12, 13 and 26: freedom of thought, conscience and religion; the right to join trade unions.
Articles 14 and 15: prohibition of the arbitrary or informal interference in the personal life of the migrant worker, in his family affair, in his communications or contacts, prohibition of the arbitrary deprivation of property.

Articles 16(paragraphs  from 1 to 4), 17 and 24: the right to freedom and personal safety; the protection from the arbitrary arrest or detention; the recognition of the migrant worker before the law.

Articles 21, 22 and 23: the protection from confiscating or damaging the IDs  or any other documents; the protection from the collective expulsion; the right to asylum to the consulate or diplomatic protection.

Articles 40, 41 and 42: the right of migrant workers of forming associations and trade unions; the right to participate in the public issues and to vote in the elections of their countries.

Article 19 of The International Covenant On Civil And Political Rights stated the freedom of opinion and expression  in general to everybody; this convention is ratified by the Kuwaiti government.

-As well as the International Covenant On Economical And Social Rights.

Mr. Hafez Abu Seada in his complaint insisted on the arbitrary of the procedures taken by the Kuwaiti government towards the Egyptian workers as these procedures violated  the international law of human rights and the international conventions related to migrant workers.

Mr. Abu Seada in his complaint demanded the investigation on the arresting and detention of the Egyptian workers and their families, and asked for the complete retrieval of their legal rights and their financial dues from the Kuwaiti government.

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