Saudi rejects UN claim of expat abuse
According to the Saudi representative to the UN, there are about 10 million expatriates in the Kingdom with “clear temporary contracts granting them full rights.” (AFP/File)
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The Saudi government has rejected claims by the United Nations that it and other Gulf Cooperation Council countries do not protect the rights of expatriate workers.
Faisal bin Hassan Trad, the Kingdom’s permanent representative at the United Nations in Geneva, said the allegations, contained in a report from Human Rights Commissioner Prince Zaid bin Raad Al-Hussain, were not true.
Trad was speaking on Tuesday during a discussion held by the Human Rights Council on migrant workers. He rejected Al-Hussain’s claims, asked him to review the sources of his information and amend his report.
Trad said there are about 10 million expatriates in the Kingdom with “clear temporary contracts granting them full rights.” These protections are enshrined in the country’s laws, which are based on Islamic principles, he said.
He said Saudi Arabia’s Basic Law in Article 26 “confirms the state’s duty to provide security for its citizens and expatriates within its territory, as well as Article 47 which confirms the right of litigation for citizens and expatriates in the Kingdom.”