Kuwait. In May, Kuwaiti security police revealed a spy
cell acting on behalf of Iran. According to newspaper
reports, the spies had passed on information about the
Kuwaiti army and about US troops based in Kuwait to the
Iranian Revolutionary Guard. According to
Kuwait has a population of 4.137 million (2018). A number of the suspects were
arrested and six, including a woman, were tried in August.
Iran denied the information.
In April, the American human rights organization Human
Rights Watch reported that 21 Egyptians, supporters of
Egyptian opposition politician Mohamed ElBaradei, had been
expelled and that about the same number had been arrested.
A 23-year-old woman was sentenced to death in March for
causing a fire in 2009 that claimed the lives of 57 women
and children at her husband's wedding with a second woman.
The convicted refused the charge.
In December 2015, the country decided to lower the
definition of minors from 18 to 16 years. The
consequence was that from January 2017, 16-year-olds could
be sentenced according to the same rules as adults -
possibly. also to death. The same year, the government
decided that all citizens or people residing in Kuwait
should submit DNA. Persons who refused could be sentenced to
up to 1 year in prison or a fine of US $ 33,500. The law
came into force in July 2016.
In 2015, the government passed a law granting house
slaves the right to a weekly day off, 30 days annual leave,
a 12 hour work day, and earning 1 month's salary per month.
years of employment at the end of the contract. At the same
time, the employer had to pay overtime pay and the
government set a monthly minimum wage of US $ 200. However,
house slaves remained disadvantaged than others in the labor
market who had an 8 hour day. Foreign labor conditions,
however, remained poor. In the first 4 months of 2016 alone,
the authorities deported 14,400 workers whose contracts had
In January 2016, the country tightened its cybercrime law
so that individuals could now be punished with up to 10
years in prison for criticizing the government or the
judiciary. Also in January, the government passed a new
Internet media law requiring network media to register with
the authorities and in June the law on print media was
extended to network media as well.
Shia opposition politician Abdulhamid Dashti was deprived
of his parliamentary immunity in March and then fled abroad.
He was accused on social media of criticizing Bahrain and
Saudi Arabia. The total sentence for the various charges was
40 years. In December, a court acquitted him in one of the
charges but gave him 10 years in prison for another. Dashti
did not have the right to appeal the verdict as long as he
was still abroad.
The UN Committee Against Tortur issued its 3rd Periodic
Report on Kuwait in July 2016. In the report, the Committee
expressed concern that the deadline for arresting a judge
had been doubled to 4 days and that the period accused could
be detained before a trial had doubled from 10 to 21 days.
It increased the ability of security forces to expose
detainees to torture.
Former MP and government critic Musallam al-Barrak
continued to serve his 2-year prison sentence for
criticizing the government in a speech. In November 2016, an
appeals court upheld the conditional judgments of 13 people
accused of citing passages of al-Barrak's speech.
The state continued to refuse to grant citizenship to the
approx. 100,000 Bidun (stateless, including Palestinians)
who stayed in the country. The Comoros government offered to
consider granting them "economic citizenship" if it received
an official request from Kuwait.
The EU and the US do not criticize the dictatorship. It
has too much money invested in Western companies and imports
too many Western goods.