KNCHR condemns treatment of Kenyans in UAE
The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) has strongly condemned gross violation of human rights of immigrant workers by their employers especially in Saudi Arabia.
KNCHR commissioner Omar Hassan said that gross violations such as murder and racism will not be condoned.
Hassan said that reports on violations have been on the increase as over 400 Kenyans from United Arab Emirates (UAE) have been repatriated to Kenya over the last four months which is alarming.
The commissioner said that the report of the lady found murdered and stored in a freezer for two months is shocking and the matter should be addressed urgently.
Speaking at an immigrant workers forum in Mombasa, Hassan said that KNCHR was able to document around 70 statements during a fact finding mission in Mombasa recently.
Around 30,000 registered Kenyans work in the UAE, but the number may be more, said Commissioner Hassan, adding that the government should ensure rights of the citizens working in foreign lands is upheld.
The KNCHR commissioner noted that MUHURI (Muslims for Human Rights) has so far documented 25 cases and the organization will be used as the vocal point to collect information on such matters.
Hassan also recommended that the government vet all recruitment agencies and hold them accountable, and the suspects be charged in court and ordered to compensate victims.