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Kuwait: New Counter-Terrorism Legislation Proposed

(Jan. 7, 2015) Faisal al-Douisan, a member of the Kuwaiti Parliament, recently introduced legislation on criminalizing terrorism. The draft proposal defines terrorism as any use of force, violence, or threat aimed at disturbing the public order or exposing the safety or security of society to danger; inciting sectarian strife; or endangering centers of worship, religious […]

Kuwait: Supreme Constitutional Court Dissolves Parliament

(June 28, 2012) On June 25, 2012, the Kuwaiti Cabinet resigned after the Supreme Constitutional Court dissolved the current parliament and reinstated the previous one. (The Kuwaiti Cabinet Resigns After the Decision of the Supreme Constitutional Court [in Arabic], AL ARABIYA (June 25, 2012).) In its decision, the Court declared that Emiri (Royal) Decree No. […]

Kuwait: Blasphemy Against Islam

(June 18, 2012) On May 3, 2012, the Kuwait National Assembly (the country's parliament) passed a law amending the Penal Code that had been issued by Law No. 16 of 1960. The new amendments allow the imposition of severe penalties, including death, for blasphemy uttered in public against God, the Koran, or the prophets (especially […]

Kuwait: New Sentences Handed Down in Case Against Alleged Spies for Iran

(May 31, 2012) A Kuwait appellate court recently issued its decision in a case involving seven people accused of spying for Iran. The court reduced the sentences of three convicts, two Iranians and one Kuwaiti, from capital punishment to life in prison; confirmed the sentence of life in prison of a fourth, who is classified […]

Kuwait: Council of Ministers Approves Draft Law on Combating Corruption and Money Laundering

(Oct. 4, 2011) On September 26, 2011, the Kuwaiti Council of Ministers approved a draft anti-corruption law. The provisions of this legislation impose sanctions of up to seven years of imprisonment for the crimes of money laundering, fraud in public tenders and auctions, deception in financial disclosure by government officials, and bribery. Following the Council […]

Kuwait: Ministry of Justice Provides Marriage Certificate to Stateless Woman

(Apr. 27, 2009) On March 25, 2009, for the first time in Kuwait, a personal status court issued a decision compelling the Ministry of Justice to provide a marriage certificate to a woman considered to be “stateless” (bidun jinsiya). The term bidun jinsiya refers to individuals of foreign ancestry and to members of certain Bedouin […]

Kuwait: Cabinet Condemns Mourning of Mughniyah

(Mar. 2, 2008) In its meeting on February 18, 2008, the Kuwaiti Council of Ministers condemned the eulogizing in one of the local Shiite religious places of gathering (Husseiniya) of Imad Mughniyah, a military leader of Hizbullah, in a ceremony attended by two Kuwaiti Members of Parliament. After the meeting, the State Minister for the […]