Blog archive: Kuwait

  • 17th February 2014
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    This is the second in a series of blog posts exploring employment problems in the Arab Gulf states.  Part one: How it began Part two: The iniquities of kafala Part three: Female domestic workers Part four: Working outside the rules Part five: Jobs for citizens? Part six:...
  • 16th February 2014
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Employment systems in the Arab Gulf states are increasingly coming under an international spotlight. Following the decision to hold the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, concerns have been raised about the conditions of migrant construction workers preparing for the tournament – an issue that was...
  • 16th February 2013
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The acquittal of five Kuwaitis accused of "offending the emir" on Twitter has raised hopes for a more sensible approach to freedom of expression online. Human Rights Watch has called on the Kuwaiti authorities to "take a cue" from the court's decision and end the criminalisation of "...
  • 2nd December 2012
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Here are key points (via AFP) from yesterday's parliamentary election in Kuwait. The parliament has 50 seats for elected members, plus six for unelected cabinet ministers. Sunni Islamists down to four seats, from 23 previously. Shia candidates won 15 seats – the largest number ever...
  • 5th November 2012
    By
    Brian Whitaker
       Despite a government ban on public gatherings of more than 20 people, thousands of Kuwaiti protesters succeeded in blocking the capital's outer ring road briefly before riot police confronted them with stun grenades and teargas yesterday. AFP reports:...
  • 2nd November 2012
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Mussallam al-Barrak, a prominent opposition figure in Kuwait, has been released on bail of 10,000 dinars ($35,500) after thousands of protesters marched on the prison where he was being held and police responded with teargas and smoke bombs. Barrack was arrested last Monday on...
  • 19th November 2011
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Sixty-two people are now reported to have been arrested in Kuwait following a demonstration on Wednesday in which protesters invaded the parliament building.  The emir has called for "stricter measures to confront this chaotic behaviour" and the interior ministry says it will take...
  • 26th November 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    There's a very strange story going around that Kuwait has banned the use of digital SLR cameras (the sort with interchangeable lenses) in public places, except when used by accredited journalists. Now, I know that Arab governments have a propensity for banning the most unlikely things...
  • 20th October 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Following the attack on a privately-owned TV station in Kuwait on Sunday, Reuters reports that two members of the royal family have been called for questioning by the public prosecutor. The station, Scope TV, has accused Sheikh Faisal al-Malik al-Sabah, who is Kuwait's...
  • 18th October 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    An angry mob stormed a privately-owned television station in Kuwait on Sunday. The group, said to number at least 150, smashed windows and overturned furniture at Scope TV. About 10 people were reportedly injured. The Kuwait Times says the station accused the attackers of...
  • 9th September 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Kuwait began recruiting women into its police force earlier this year and now has about 60. The move was highly controversial and is still opposed by some Islamist MPs.  One MP, Mohammed Hayef, was quoted as saying their role is "an abuse to the female identity, a violation of Islamic...
  • 14th May 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The UN Human Rights Council has been looking at Kuwait this month under its periodic review system. As is now customary at these sessions, the Kuwaiti minister of social affairs, Mohammad al-Afasi, gave an upbeat assessment of the country's human rights achievements and its...

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