Dubai: Saudi Arabia’s Human Rights Commission (HRC) has adjusted the legal status of an expat woman whose husband reported her as an absconding domestic servant and deprived her from seeing her son.
The HRC’s intervention helped the woman take custody of her son and corrected her legal status as an expatriate woman residing legally in the Kingdom.
The Saudi man brought the woman to the Kingdom as a domestic worker and later married her and they had a son together. Later, the man took advantage of the woman’s ignorance of the Kingdom’s regulations and abused her.
He also refused to adjust her status and later moved to another place, taking with him their son after reporting his wife as an absconder.
Earlier, the woman lodged a complaint with the human rights watchdog, which coordinated with security forces and other concerned authorities. They managed to find the abusive husband and the son, who was handed over to his mother.
The watchdog also corrected the woman’s status to become a legal resident in the Kingdom.
Bandar Al Hajri, deputy president of the HRC, said that the commission’s teams are continuing to deal with a number of cases that involve violations of individual rights.
He stressed that there is an urgent need to expand the commission’s scope of receiving and facilitating individual complaints, and to develop new methods of monitoring, intervention, and redressing such cases, to ensure optimal handling of violations and accelerate the process of handling them.
Al Hajri said the commission deals with a number of cases related to marriage and residency problems. “We conduct a regular review of the legislative, organisational and institutional structure related to such issues through our partnership with government agencies as well as with non-profit agencies.”