Sunday, June 28, 2009

How local justice works

Article in Human Rights Paper a while ago (edited for brevity)

Hasina, one of 70, 000 Bangladeshi workers in Kuwait, works from dawn to 2 a.m. Taking care of nine children, their parents and grandparents, cleaning, washing and feeding the children. She was illegally moved from one house to another --relatives and friends of her employer-- to clean and cook with not one free day. For all that work load she was supposed to get around $90 a month. Yet for over two years Hasina only received three such salaries.

Hasina was beaten repeatedly by her employer's wife. She either used a thick stick or any other heavy object at hand. The father of the family and his five sons, raped Hasina repeatedly, leading to her pregnancy. On learning of her pregnancy she was taken to the nearest police station and accused of committing adultery.

Hasina wanted to verbally defend herself, or show the officers the numerous bite marks all over her arms and back. “The police officer frowned at me and ordered me to shut up.” she later told her friend.

Hasina has been jailed and is awaiting a court ruling. She is likely to be deported. She, her husband, and family had sold most of their possessions in Bangladesh to finance the trip to Kuwait. Now they are penniless and Hasina will pay the price for being dishonoured and defiled.

The Kuwaiti Ministry of Home Affairs commented on the US State Department report of 2007, “The State of Kuwait opens its arms to those incoming workers and even provides them with all available job opportunities, unlike many other countries which combat and deport them on the grounds of fighting illegal immigration”. Furthermore, Kuwait suggested that the country should be recognised for their outstanding efforts in Human Rights, rather than criticised.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I keep wondering why there aren't as many viewers/commentators for this blog. This is, after all, quite huge.

The only reason I could come up with (dawned on me right this second) was that this situation must be more wide-spread that I had thought.

Could it be so wide-spread that readers feel you're speaking directly to them? And speaking of their actions?

I don't fucking get it.

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It must feel like shit being an expatriate living in Kuwait, huh? Walking down the street feeling unsafe and unsure of how the day might go. Fuck.

This post was just bullshit (both by what UN and Kuwait officials said). But then what's to expect from a corrupt government.

This needs to be exposed at a great level.

nabeel said...

Hi Anon,

i think I might have misphrased some of the content of that blog entry. I've corrected it.

The US state department said kuwait needs to clean up its act. Kuwait fired back by telling the US that Kuwait has a far superior attitude towards migrant workers than the US does and needs to be commended.

I am told that a lot of ppl read this blog, but not many comment. Some give very positive feedback although verbally.

others MIGHT feel I am criticising their country, their nation and therefore their identity. My intention is to say this is wrong, you can help, so help already. if you don't help, you're as bad as the ones who did it in the first place.

I don't think people like to hear that their are problems in their nation - especially from a 'hindi' you know?

As to how it is being an expat in Kuwait - refer to the blog post im going to put up in a few minutes.

cheers

7aneen said...

Disgusting. Inhumane. Families like that do not represent Kuwait. They are ignorant and uneducated. Unfortunately they make up 95% of Kuwait and so therefore, represent Kuwait.

Have they no sense of ethics and morals?

How do they sleep at night?

Do they realize it is their "Kuwaiti" child that is in her belly? So they're just going to disregard that?

One word- barbarians.