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May 2, 2016 • Urgent Action

Help Release Bidun Rights Defender (Kuwait: UA 102/16)

  On 20 September, the Misdemeanours Court of Cassation upheld a sentence of one year’s imprisonment and deportation of ‘Abdulhakim al-Fadhli, a defender of the rights of the stateless Bidun community in Kuwait, for charges relating to a peaceful demonstration held in 2012. On 24 September, ‘Abdulhakim al-Fadhli turned himself over to the authorities. He is a prisoner of conscience.

March 29, 2016 • Victory

Good News! – Kuwait: Nawaf al-Hendal Aquitted (UA 70/15)

Kuwaiti human rights activist Nawaf al-Hendal was acquitted on 1 March, along with 10 other men, of charges including “illegal gathering”.

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Good News! – Kuwait: Former MP Saleh al-Mulla Acquitted (UA 4/15)

Former Kuwaiti opposition MP Saleh al-Mulla was acquitted by the Appeal Court on 9 March of “insulting the Amir of Kuwait and the President of Egypt” on his Twitter account.

January 11, 2016 • Press Release

Kuwaiti electronic crimes law threatens to further stifle freedom of expression

A new cybercrimes law, which is due to take effect on January 12, 2016, will add a further layer to the web of laws that already restrict the right of people in Kuwait to freedom of expression and must be urgently reviewed, said Amnesty International today.

December 16, 2015 • Press Release

Kuwait at risk of sliding into deeper repression amid growing clampdown on critics

The Kuwaiti authorities have arrested, prosecuted and imprisoned scores of peaceful activists, including human rights defenders and political opponents, in their efforts to silence critics and punish dissent, said Amnesty International in a new report published today.

September 15, 2015 • Press Release

Overturn death sentences in mosque bombing case in Kuwait

Seven death sentences handed down by a Kuwait City court today are a misguided response to the bombing of Imam Sadiq Mosque in June this year and must be overturned, Amnesty International said.

May 21, 2013 • Report

Annual Report: Kuwait 2013

State of Kuwait Head of state al-Shaikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah Head of government al-Shaikh Jaber al-Mubarak al-Hamad Riot police used excessive force against peaceful demonstrators as part of a …

June 7, 2012 • Press Release

Kuwait Urged to Respect Freedom of Speech After Man Sentenced for ‘Insulting Islam’ in Tweets

A Kuwait court convicted a man to 10 years in prison for messages posted on Twitter that were deemed "insulting" to heads of state and religious figures.

March 26, 2012 • Victory

Great News! Kuwaiti Teenager Held in Bahrain Released.

Kuwaiti teenager Ali Feifel Sahad al-Ali was released on 14 March 2012, after he was sentenced to one month in prison. He returned to Kuwait with his family the same day.

July 13, 2011 • Report

Annual Report: Kuwait 2011

Head of state: al-Shaikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah Head of government: al-Shaikh Nasser Mohammad al-Ahmad al-Sabah Death penalty: retentionist Population: 3.1 million Life expectancy: 77.9 years Under-5 mortality (m/f): 11/9 …