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Human rights in Kuwait

Human rights in Kuwait derive from the 1961 Constitution of Kuwait as well as a series of international treaties.[1]


Kuwait is a party to several international human rights treaties, including[2]

Migrant workers

In June 2007, Kuwait was found to be one of the worst offenders in human trafficking according to a report issued by the United States Department of State. The finding was due to the Kuwait government's repeated failure to tackle the problem.

Some migrant workers are subjected to conditions of involuntary servitude by employers in Kuwait. The workers were subject to physical and sexual abuse, non-payment of wages, threats, confinement to the home, and withholding of passports to restrict their freedom of movement.[3][4]


There are 100,000 Bedoon in Kuwait. The Bedoon are reportedly stateless people. The Kuwaiti government believes most Bidoon are foreign nationals from neighboring countries. Kuwait considers the Bedoon illegal immigrants.[5]

Women's rights

Kuwaiti women are considered to be among the most emancipated women in the Middle East region. In 2013, 46.7% of Kuwaiti women participated in the labor force.[6]

Muslim women in Kuwait are discriminated under the family law. Children born to a Kuwaiti mother and non-Kuwaiti father do not get Kuwaiti citizenship, unless the father is dead, a POW or divorced with the Kuwaiti mother.[7]

Media freedom

According to a 2009 report from the OpenNet Initiative, Kuwait is engaged in pervasive Internet filtering and selective filtering in security areas.[8] The primary target of Internet filtering is pornography.[8] The Kuwait Ministry of Communication regulates ISPs, making them block pornography and anti-security websites to "protect the public by maintaining both public order and morality".[9]

Voice over Internet Protocol is illegal in Kuwait.[10]

See also


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  8. ^ a b ONI Country Profile: Kuwait", OpenNet Initiative, 6 August 2009
  9. ^ "Kuwait: State of the media", Menassat
  10. ^ "VOIP Policy and Regulation: Regional perspective", Professor Ibrahim Kadi, Communications and Information Technology Commission, presented at the regional seminar on Internet Protocol: VOIP, Algiers, Algeria, 12 March 2007

External links

  • Press in Kuwait - IFEX
  • Kuwait Health - Promoting health reform

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