US department criticizes Kuwait on violation of Bedoon rights

The US State Department says that the principal human rights problems during 2011 in Kuwait included limitations on citizens’ rights to change their government, trafficking in persons within the expatriate worker population, especially in the domestic and unskilled service sectors and limitations on workers’ rights.
“This is in addition to restrictions on the freedom of speech and assembly imposed by the authorities, especially on the foreign workers and stateless people known locally as bedoun,” adds the report.
The report also says, “Other human rights problems included reports of security forces abusing prisoners, restrictions on freedom of movement for certain groups, including foreign workers and bedoun and limitations on freedoms of the press, association, and religion at times during the year. Bedoun also faced social and legal discrimination, and women did not enjoy equal rights.”


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