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On October 5, 2017, Kuwait’s Constitutional Court repealed Law No. 78/2015 on compulsory DNA collection, declaring that some of its provisions contravened the rights to privacy and personal liberty enshrined in articles 30 and 31 of the Kuwaiti Constitution.

According to the Kuwaiti authorities, the law was introduced in August 2015 as a direct response to the deadly terrorist attack on the Imam Sadiq mosque in Kuwait city on June 26, 2015, in which 27 people were killed and more than 200 wounded.

On 30 June 2017, the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) issued Opinion No.

On 23 June 2017, Alkarama submitted its follow-up report to the UN Committee against Torture (CAT) on the implementation of the priority recommendations made to the State of Kuwait following its third periodic

Kuwait
Alkarama Person of contact for country
Julia Legner, Email : j.legner - at - alkarama -dot- org , Twitter : @JuliaLegner
Our concerns
  • Violations of the right to freedom of expression,notably through the closure of newspapers and television stations;
  • Suppression of any peaceful gathering and excessive use of force by the security services;
  • Reprisals against activists, journalists, bloggers and political opponents;
  • Continued and systematic discrimination against the Biduns
  • Use of the revocation of nationality as a means of punishing political opponents

 

Human Rights Instruments
International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR)
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Individual Complaint procedure with the Human Rights committee (ICCPR Optional protocol 1) Ratified ?
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Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment (UNCAT)
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OPCAT (National Preventive Mechanism) Ratified ?
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UNCAT Art 20 (confidential inquiries) ratified ?
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International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance (ICPPED)
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Human Rights Council
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