• Press release
    Oct 19, 2014
    Kuwaiti authorities have announced the third batch of citizenship revocations this year, during a general crackdown on dissent. The group of 18 revocations announced on September 29, 2014, which the authorities said was based on a cabinet decision, included one that appeared politically motivated. A total of 33 people have lost their citizenship during 2014, of which three are thought to be for political reasons.
  • Press release
    Aug 20, 2014
    Kuwait’s new telecommunications law gives the government sweeping powers to block content, deny access to the Internet, and revoke licenses without giving reasons. The government should amend the law to limit the restrictions on telecommunication providers and users to no more than what international human rights law permits.
  • Press release
    Aug 10, 2014
    Kuwaiti authorities have stripped five critics of their citizenship as part of a wider crackdown on people seeking reform. The Kuwaiti government should immediately restore their citizenship and end the practice.
  • UPR
    Jun 16, 2014
    There have been some encouraging reforms in Kuwait since its last UPR in 2010. For example, in January 2013 a judicial decision granted women the right to apply for posts as prosecutors, allowing them to therefore enter the career path to become judges eventually. However Kuwait has yet to reform any of the provisions in its personal status laws that discriminate against women.
  • Dispatches
    Jun 7, 2014
  • Commentary
    May 2, 2014
    King Juan Carlos is visiting Kuwait and Bahrain this week, after Abu Dhabi and Qatar two weeks ago in a series of visits to the gulf region that will also take him to Oman and Saudi Arabia over the next two months. He is traveling with a high-level delegation that includes the ministers of foreign affairs, transport, defense and energy, as well as the heads of some of Spain’s biggest companies.
  • Press release
    Apr 30, 2014
    Kuwaiti authorities should drop all charges and not contest the appeal of a prisoner with mental disabilities who was convicted of insulting the emir. Muhammad Eid Abdulmohsen al-Mekhial, 39, is serving a five-year sentence for insulting the emir, Islam, and Interior Ministry staff.
  • Press release
    Apr 26, 2014
    Vague provisions of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) joint security agreement raise concerns. Member countries could use the agreement to suppress free expression and undermine privacy rights of citizens and residents.
  • Press release
    Apr 2, 2014
    A Kuwaiti prosecutor’s failure to investigate torture allegations raises questions about whether the alleged abusers of two detained brothers will escape justice.
  • Press release
    Feb 4, 2014
    Kuwait’s government should amend national laws that officials are using to crack down on free speech, Human Rights Watch said today in connection with the release of its World Report 2014. The government should also follow through on promises to comprehensively address citizenship claims of stateless residents, known as Bidun.
  • Press release
    Jan 26, 2014
    A five-year prison sentence followed by permanent exile for a Kuwaiti activist over his Twitter comments violated the rights to free expression and movement. A Kuwait first instance court imposed the sentence on Abdullah Fairouz Abdullah Abd al-Kareem, 30, on January 9, 2014. The authorities should drop the charges and not contest al-Kareem’s appeal, which is before an appeals court.