Tag: Kuwait

Kuwaiti Government Bans Books at Alarming Rates

Kuwaiti Government Bans Books at Alarming Rates

On 14 September, Kuwaiti citizens took to the streets in anticipation of the upcoming November Kuwait Book Fair, protesting the kingdom’s increasing book bans. Protesters gathered at Irada Square, opposite the National Assembly, in Kuwait City after previously rallying outside the Ministry of Information. Kuwait, once considered a publishing hub, is […]

GCC Cases Raised in the HRC 37 Special Procedures Joint Communications Report

GCC Cases Raised in the HRC 37 Special Procedures Joint Communications Report

Bahrain BHR 11/2017 JUA 31 Oct 2017 Mandates: arbitrary detention, freedom of opinion and expression, human rights defenders, torture Alleged victims: 1 Information received concerning allegations of torture and other ill-treatment of Mr. Ibrahim Jawad ‘Abd Ullah Sarhan, a Bahraini lawyer, as well as threats of prosecution against him for […]

GCC Countries Enforce Legislation Criminalizing Online Expression

GCC Countries Enforce Legislation Criminalizing Online Expression

2 February 2018 –Kuwait recently sentenced online activist Abdullah al-Saleh to ten years in prison for Tweets “abusing Saudi Arabia” and insulting the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain. His sentence demonstrates how countries like Kuwait employ prison sentences as deterrents to free expression online, especially as the government imposes […]