` Police Must Now Obtain `Government Approval ‘ to Expel Expatriates in move to Improve Immigrant Workers Rights ‘ .

#AceWorldNews – KUWAIT -April 04 – (ALJ) – Kuwaiti police will no longer be able to deport expatriates without interior ministry approval under new laws established after officers expelled thousands over the past year.

The Kuwait Society for Human Rights (KSHR) said the move on Thursday was a “step in the right direction” to protect the rights of the emirate’s 2.7 million expatriates, although it fell short of activists’ calls for an end to all deportations not ordered by the courts.

In April, last year Kuwait made a range of traffic offences punishable by deportation, including driving without a licence, a document impossible for many expats to obtain.

Thousands of people have since been deported on the authority of a senior police officer, but in future all expulsion orders will have to be countersigned by the interior ministry under-secretary.

“The decision is a step`1 in the right direction to improve the situation of immigrant workers who were harmed by oppressive decisions taken in violation of international rights treaties signed by Kuwait,” KSHR chief Khaled al-Ajmi said.

Expatriates make up 69 percent of Kuwait’s 3.9 million population, greatly outnumbering its 1.2 million citizens.

Courtesy of Human Rights Sources and ALJ

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