2004 News Story

Labor minister critical of HRW report on Kingdom’s foreign manpower

Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Dr Ghazi Al-Quseibi has criticized the recent report issued by Human Rights Watch (HRW) concerning the situation of foreign workers in the Kingdom. The report, he said, presents the problem in an unbalanced manner. He affirmed that Saudi Arabia has committees and judiciary bodies that deal with labor problems for foreigners as well as nationals. Currently, there are about seven million foreign workers in the Kingdom, and they remit home annually about SR 60 billion [U.S. $ 16 billion], thereby boosting economic development in those countries. In particular, Dr Al-Quseibi referred to a Cabinet resolution a few years ago that targeted the organization of employer/employee relations in a fair and just manner, in line with Islamic values.