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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
06KUWAIT262
2006-01-25 14:44
2011-08-30 01:44
UNCLASSIFIED
Embassy Kuwait

VZCZCXRO1675
PP RUEHDE
DE RUEHKU #0262 0251444
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 251444Z JAN 06
FM AMEMBASSY KUWAIT
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 2677
INFO RUEHZM/GULF COOPERATION COUNCIL COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
RUEHLM/AMEMBASSY COLOMBO PRIORITY 0238
RUEHKA/AMEMBASSY DHAKA PRIORITY 0318
RUEHIL/AMEMBASSY ISLAMABAD PRIORITY 0879
RUEHJA/AMEMBASSY JAKARTA PRIORITY 0067
RUEHML/AMEMBASSY MANILA PRIORITY 0516
RUEHNE/AMEMBASSY NEW DELHI PRIORITY 0330
UNCLAS KUWAIT 000262

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

FOR NEA/ARPI AND G/TIP

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PHUM ELAB CE BG ID RP PK IN KU
SUBJECT: FREEDOM AGENDA: EMBASSY INITIATES KUWAIT EXPATRIATE LABOR ROUNDTABLE

¶1. Post organized and hosted on January 24th a meeting of
labor officials from source countries for expatriate labor in
Kuwait to engage on how to better work together to improve
the status of Kuwait’s large expatriate labor force.
Representatives from the embassies of Bangladesh, Indonesia,
Pakistan, the Philippines, and Sri Lanka attended.
Representatives from the embassy of India and the
International Organization for Migration were unavailable.
The participants exchanged information about the challenges
their constituents face: nonpayment of wages, sexual
harassment, poor working conditions, mistreatment by the
police, and exploitation due to lack of the local language
and labor laws. At the urging of EmbOffs, participants also
exchanged ideas about practical ways of solving or mitigating
the difficulties faced by their constituents, such as
increasing the workers’ awareness of the services their
embassies can provide, the dangers of signing documents they
do not understand, what to do if arrested by the police, and
where to turn in case of physical or sexual harassment.

¶2. All parties agreed to participate in regular monthly
meetings in order to share information with one another and
to increase the effectiveness of their activities by uniting
their efforts. They expressed their gratitude to the United
States for its attention to labor and human rights issues,
and for taking the initiative to create this forum.

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