Seven out of the 40 stranded workers in Kuwait remain at the Central Jail in Kuwait, according to the Asia Pacific Mission for Migrants (APMM).
In a statement sent through email, Ramon Bultron, managing director of the APMM, blamed the Philippine Embassy for not providing the travel documents of the stranded Filipino workers.
Still in jail are Canora Paloma, Marriane Paralag, Nuraisa Barahim, Taaral Ana Redoblo, Marites Ravides, Venus Gay Dignadice, and Beloved Cuenca.
Bultron said, “They have been detained for a number of months now for absconding.” He said that those who availed of the amnesty program of the Kuwaiti government from Sept. 1 to Oct. 15 might even leave Kuwait ahead of the stranded Filipino workers.
Bultron said that 33 others have already been repatriated to the Philippines. “We see no reason why the seven others needlessly stay in Kuwait especially as the Human Rights Committee of the Kuwaiti Parliament has recently denounced the deportation center as no longer suitable for the inmates.”
Bultron said that even the administration of the Central Jail in Kuwait admitted that inmates involved in minor cases such as absconding are usually detained for only a month. Only those with pending cases in court or those with financial charges stay longer.
The group reiterated their call for the Philippine Embassy in Kuwait to act on the repatriation of the stranded workers. (Bulatlat.com)