Statement of Sen. Richard J. Gordon expressing support for OFWs in Kuwait, other mideast countries
I support the move of President Duterte to urge the government of Kuwait and other Middle Eastern countries to protect overseas Filipino workers there. I also join him in making the call for the Kuwaiti government and those of other MidEastern countries to take immediate measures to ensure the protection and respect for the dignity and human rights of all migrant workers in these countries. The appeal includes affording OFW's who are now facing legal cases in Kuwait all the necessary support and protection available to them under local and international laws.
Part of our advocacy in the Philippine Red Cross is the protection of the most vulnerable among migrant workers, namely the women household service providers. The Philippine Red Cross advocates and promotes the protection of migrant workers, especially the women migrant workers who have been victims of physical abuse and other forms of exploitation.
I am confident that the Kuwaiti government adheres to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and all other conventions that are designed to protect migrant workers.