• More than 100,000 Bidun who have lived in Kuwait for generations are denied citizenship and basic civil and political rights. Authorities have violently dispersed Bidun demonstrations and prosecuted protesters, saying only “Kuwaiti citizens” have the right to protest. Although citizenship claims have yet to be addressed adequately, authorities did promise the Bidun some benefits guaranteed to its citizens, such as free education and health care. As a general matter, authorities have increased internet surveillance. The Ministry of Interior said it will suspend all anonymous Twitter accounts, hoping to force users to disclose their real names. Authorities have detained and prosecuted people for using nonviolent political speech on social media.

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  • Jun 26, 2015
    The suicide attack on a Shia mosque in Kuwait City on June 26, 2015, was a callous and despicable act that should be universally condemned. The attack killed at least 25 worshipers and wounded more than 200 others.
  • Jun 26, 2015
  • Jun 21, 2015
    Kuwaiti authorities should immediately revoke a decree that effectively closed down the Kuwait chapter of Transparency International. The decree is the latest evidence of a government clampdown on peaceful criticism and free speech.
  • Jun 17, 2015
    Kuwait’s Court of Cassation on June 12, 2015, upheld a six-year sentence for a blogger for tweets criticizing Saudi Arabia.
  • May 22, 2015
    EU High Representative Federica Mogherini should publicly urge Gulf countries to release immediately and unconditionally activists detained for exercising their rights.
  • May 12, 2015
    President Obama should urge the leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to show greater respect for human rights when he meets them on May 13 and 14, 2015, to discuss partnership and security, Human Rights Watch said today.
  • May 5, 2015
    I write in anticipation of your meeting with the leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) on May 13 and 14, 2015 to urge that you press them to show greater respect for their citizens’ rights to free expression, association, peaceful assembly, and nationality.
  • Mar 29, 2015
    Kuwaiti authorities broke up an opposition protest in Kuwait City on March 23, 2015, and detained 16 protesters.
  • Mar 26, 2015
    What to do with the Bidun, the one hundred thousand plus people that the Kuwait government claims are "illegal residents" and considers stateless? Now, it seems, Kuwait's rulers have come up with a solution to the "problem" of the Bidun, whose lack of citizenship rights despite historic ties to the country has frequently led to international criticism. Put simply, the idea seems to be to pay other countries to accord them rights that Kuwait itself will not.
  • Feb 3, 2015
    Kuwait’s government has in the past year escalated punishments against people critical of the government, Human Rights Watch said today as it released its World Report 2015.